hPanel vs cPanel: Everything You Need to Know
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hPanel vs cPanel: Everything You Need to Know

A control panel is one of the primary tools used to manage a website’s hosting package. It allows users to manage domain names, install applications, manage email accounts, and more. 

While all of this can be done by directly logging into a server, the process requires some development knowledge. Without this type of skill, a single mistake can break an entire site. So, using a control panel becomes a convenient solution for all-level users. 

A panel serves as an intuitive, user-friendly, and straightforward way to save your time, energy, and resources. Even though cPanel remains the most popular option, more alternatives have appeared in the industry, including Hostinger’s custom-built hPanel.

While cPanel has an active community and vast documentation resources, it could be more user-friendly. This is where hPanel steps in with an easy-to-navigate dashboard, self-explanatory menus, and an overall pleasant feel. An internally developed panel can also help reduce fixed costs and provide extra flexibility for new features.

In this article, we’ll compare cPanel and hPanel and go over the key features of the latter.  

What Is cPanel? 

cPanel is a Linux-based control panel that is currently an industry standard and is widely used among developers. With the help of its interface, users can manage web hosting accounts efficiently.

Like other well-known hosting control panels, cPanel has its pros and cons. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using cPanel?

Advantages

Throughout the years, cPanel has become an industry benchmark for its wide use among web developers and hosting companies. With time, it’s been tried, tested, and used by many, so naturally, it’s become a popular option.

Its users have created tons of resources on its application, including myriads of tutorials and support options online. cPanel also offers easy database creation, incorporates auto-installers, and has dozens of features, especially for a well-informed user. 

Disadvantages

With that said, a high number of features can be overwhelming. The same goes for the user interface – it’s unnecessarily complicated and counterintuitive. All of this results in a higher learning curve and rougher usability. As cPanel is also license-based, its end price point is more expensive, and it almost never comes with free hosting. 

Some hosts run on outdated software, making it more prone to contain vulnerabilities and malfunction. What’s more, users risk losing data during major updates if they don’t pay close attention. Overall, cPanel lacks flexibility across most levels – especially when we are talking about adapting the newest technologies and reacting to user feedback in the form of features and fixes.  

What Is hPanel? 

hPanel is a custom-built hosting control panel created by Hostinger’s developers, UX engineers and researchers. When accessing it, users are empowered to make the most of its primary functions, such as domain, email, and file and database management. Ready to give it a try? hPanel is available with all our web hosting plans.

First and foremost, hPanel stands out from its counterparts due to its interface. It prioritizes ease of use, advanced features, and UI/UX. As a convenient tool, hPanel also allows you to utilize the file manager, manage hosting and email accounts, and FTP users. You can also easily monitor bandwidth, disk space, park domains, and install desired software like WordPress, Joomla, and more.

If you’re curious to see how it looks, a live demo is available. You can also check out our comprehensive hPanel guide

What Are the Differences Between cPanel and hPanel? 

From easy-to-follow auto installations to MySQL databases, hPanel appears similar to cPanel. The main difference between the two is the developer – hPanel is an in-house tool developed by Hostinger, with the intent to make everyone’s online experience as easy and smooth as possible.

Here are hPanel’s main differences compared to cPanel and other web-based admin tools:

  • The customer-facing part of hPanel is cloud-based and highly available (HA), offering a considerable level of operational performance and helping maintain a clutter-free experience together with its visual dimension, action queues, and the UI/UX. All of these make the hPanel interface better organized and visually more appealing.
  • To boost speed and strengthen reliability, each server only has API end-points that connect to the front-side of hPanel. Meanwhile, cPanel is fully hosted on each server individually. This means that the panel itself does not use much of the server’s resources in order to have a better scaling economy. Since the load is distributed, there’s no performance loss with hPanel. 
  • cPanel offers updates but as a whole it runs on outdated legacy software. This means that new additions are all implemented on an infrastructure that is not as up-to-date as hPanel. hPanel was written from scratch a few years ago, and it continues to be ever-changing as we continue to apply the latest technologies and tools available.
  • cPanel mainly uses APACHE or LiteSpeed. With hPanel, you have the freedom to choose any web server. Since we use LiteSpeed, the setup becomes much simpler. It doesn’t require rerouting and using nginx/openresty.

For customers, it’s beneficial as hPanel’s architecture allows a much faster response time due to multiple layers of caching. It also allows users to host more accounts on a single server, reducing fixed costs.

Now that you have some knowledge about both panels, it’s time to review the primary features of hPanel in more detail. Let’s dig in!

Key Features of hPanel

Hosting

Once you log into hPanel, you’ll discover several menu options at the top. By clicking on the Hosting tab, a clear list of your websites will appear, including their dedicated hosting plans. 

From this point on, you can add new websites and renew or upgrade your hosting plan. All CTAs are appropriately marked with different options to make your life easier. 

Email

You can get a clear overview of your active email accounts in the Email section. You can also see their expiration date and order a new plan. 

Domains

The domain segment of hPanel contains all Hostinger-registered domains. Here, you have several available options, such as acquiring new domains, transferring existing ones, and changing nameservers or contact details.

Servers

In the server category, it is easy to compare the pricing, benefits, and features of VPS plans at a glance. This way, you can find the most suitable one for your needs. 

On the same page, you can also manage your virtual private servers, install operating systems and control panels, and track the resource usage of your server.

SSL

Security is the highest priority at Hostinger, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see that it has a dedicated tab. In essence, SSL is a protective cloak helping your website’s credibility, ranking, and overall safety. 

All trustworthy and high-performing websites have SSL installed. However, if you’ve skipped this step, we highly recommend revisiting it. In the SSL section, you can manage and set up SSL certificates for your website in a matter of seconds. 

Billing

As far as administrative and operational arrangements go, you don’t need to dig through your emails any longer. There’s an allocated part for billings that keeps you updated. You can find information on the status of your plan, payment history, and manage payment methods there.

Customer Support

One of the most valuable parts of hPanel is the help section. It offers access to the Hostinger Knowledge Base, Tutorials, and allows users to contact our Customer Success team directly. 

Here at Hostinger, we seek to leave no questions unanswered. The help section is specifically designed to assist you in finding the solution to your online challenges. 

Store

Go on a shopping spree at Hostinger’s Store! At our Power Store, you’ll find everything you need to amp up your website’s performance and appearance. 

Dozens of tools and services are available, from features and add-ons to upgrades like Cloudflare Protection, Daily Backups, and Business Email. This is a sure way to take your website to the next level so it stands out among the competitors and ranks higher up.

hPanel Capabilities

Let’s get a more detailed overview and discuss the capabilities of hPanel. Navigate back to the first tab, the Hosting section, to access it. Then, click Manage on the relevant webpage. 

Once you do so, the entire hPanel dashboard will appear. On the left side, you’ll see a quick overview of your hosting plan. The search bar will be located on the top right corner, and in the middle, you’ll see the controls.

WordPress. The WordPress section allows users to control installations, oversee updates, and manage site plug-ins. You can also enable a secure website connection and turn on the maintenance mode.

Order. The order section allows for the daily tracking of website performance statistics, plan usage, and website data. From processing power and memory to website errors, you get access to every detail you need to monitor and understand your site. It’s also easy to renew or upgrade your current hosting plan in this section.

Accounts. The accounts icon leads you to all of your hosting technical information such as nameservers, IP addresses, FTP details, and the like. If needed, change a hosting plan’s FTP or SSH passwords from here.

Emails. The Hostinger email service could be employed to create and customize email accounts. In addition, the service helps set up minor tasks like forwarders, catch-all emails, and auto-responders.

Website. This part of hPanel has multiple options allowing control over various aspects of your website. For example, you can use Auto Installer to install over 50+ different applications, including WordPress, automatically. 

If you’re a Hostinger user, you can import or migrate your website from other hosts with a free and quick automated process. You can also customize error pages, help your page rank higher with the SEO Toolkit, or delve into the coding world with Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services with low-cost providers worldwide. From WordPress and logo design to programming, one can find a person for any task there. 

Digital Marketing is the primary service offered by Fiverr, while Business Service is a premium service made for larger teams and businesses. Be sure to check this article for more information. 

Files. The File Manager gives you direct access to website files and allows users to edit, delete, extract, or move within folders. Users can upload files directly on the server, too. Also, it calculates directory sizes and finds out which ones are using the most space.

If you’re a frequent user, you’ll soon notice that this section is not stagnant. Instead, we introduce alterations in the form of additional features and developments on a regular basis.

Databases. Create, import, and edit your databases using the most popular administration tool, phpMyAdmin. Then, connect to your databases remotely and implement changes on the go. 

What previously seemed like a highly technical process is now a matter of a few clicks. You don’t need to be a developer or a website expert to deal with the more technical aspects of your website. 

Advanced. The advanced section is dedicated to those not afraid to delve deeper. Whether you want to choose your PHP version, turn on extensions, manage time zones, or clear the cache, everything can be accomplished here.

The section also allows cron jobs to run scripts, connecting via SSH to transfer data automatically. You can edit, extract files, and install new software remotely. 

It’s also the place where you can deploy applications directly from the Git repository. and install and manage SSL certificates for better security.

Other. Additional features of hPanel include blocking IP addresses from accessing your site and protecting your website or page with a password. You can block direct access to specific file types of your website and check under the hood of folder indexing. 

Here, you will find an activity log that keeps track of all actions taken on your websites. It’s also possible to reset your account, wipe all the files and information from it, and go back to default. 

You can even deactivate your account entirely and cancel files, emails, and all related websites without the possibility of restoring. Everything is smooth, easily accessible, and user-friendly.

Recent hPanel Updates

Let’s take a look at hPanel’s most recent updates and what the future holds features-wise:

Upgrade Options. We understand that customers may not often check their hosting service’s resource analytics. This way, they won’t notice the exact time their websites receive more traffic and start using more server resources. For this reason, we’ve implemented the Upgrade recommendation feature.

When the plan resources limits are reached, we point them out and identify how long they lasted in the Order Usage section on hPanel. 

It’s recommended that customers upgrade to the next plan on the ladder based on a hit limit. However, we don’t recommend upgrading if there is a minimum threshold, and limits are hit for only a short time.

There are two upgrade options: 

  1. Upgrade without paying additional fees by reducing the renewal date.
  2. Pay for an upgrade to extend the expiration date.

File Manager. Recent updates increased file upload size and introduced a Trash folder, inodes, and size indicators for files and folders. Additionally, it improved the Download functionality so that users could select required download types.

Self-transfer (Data Center Change). As Hostinger has data centers worldwide, customers often ask our support agents to change the Data Center location. It is no longer needed – a new Self-transfer service is here so that anyone can make the transfer independently. And yes, it’s completely automatic and free.

This feature is most efficiently used with Access Logs. When you check where most of your visitors are coming from, you can transfer your hosting plan to the nearest data center location by yourself.

As of January, a Transfer recommendation feature went live. Based on the analysis of your website visitors’ traffic every month, you’ll receive a recommended transfer to the nearest location. As a benefit, you’ll always have the fastest response time due to the shortest distance to the data center.

Hosting Activity Logs. The activity log is a useful feature if you wish to see the changes you made in the past and every action you make on your account in one place. 

Website Access Logs. A convenient tool to see all essential information about your website visits. It shows which countries your websites get the most views from, which devices your visitors use, and more. 

With this updated feature, you can take a closer look at the type and number of requests your websites are getting, including data by hour, day, and week. Make the most out of it by detecting unwanted traffic and help mitigate security issues by identifying if users’ websites are under DDoS attack.

Automated Email Migration. Customers who are in the midst of migrating to Hostinger can now import their email accounts from any other provider with ease. All you have to do is create an email account on Hostinger to which you’ll be making your transfer. Next, head to the migration tool and fill in required details, including from which service and account your emails have to be migrated.

WordPress Staging. Staging serves as a separate environment for testing. The feature clones your whole production site into a subfolder. So, whether it’s a theme update, plug-in removal or a new feature, you can make any changes you desire without affecting the live version of your website.

With the next feature update, a capability to deploy will be added. When using it, you’ll be able to deploy the changes made in a production environment with a single click.

Coming soon

Website Guide. For new WordPress users, a guide will be introduced to help get your website up and running. You’ll be able to see your progress in the form of completed steps. And when some help on the way is needed, you can refer to specially-made tutorials. 

Upgrade Database. The feature will inform users when their database is about to reach its limits or has exceeded them. With this upcoming addition, you’ll receive a notification appearing on top of your MySQL Database page, informing you about the current status of your database.

Website Speed Insights. A new section will appear as part of the Hosting Website category called the Speed Test. It will provide insights into your website’s performance and if taking certain optimization improvement steps are needed. 

A list of metrics will be shown, including First Contentful Paint, Speed Index, and Cumulative Layout Shift, among others. Following this guidance, you’ll not only be able to see what needs to be improved but also test your website and see the test history of a chosen domain. 

Plan Boost. Some actions require more resources than anticipated. The Plan Boost feature will have you covered. If you surpassed your plan limits while importing files or receiving website traffic spikes, you’ll receive a notification on hPanel. 

To provide you with an extra boost, the Resource Boost buttons will appear on the Order usage page. Alternatively, you can click on the arrow icon next to Hosting Plan on your homepage. 

This feature will temporarily unlock the resources available for higher solution plans. So, for 24 hours, you’ll increase the necessary resources for your website, explore what an upgrade entails, and be able to do so for free.

Final Takeaways

While cPanel is convenient for its widespread use, it is limited due to steadily rising prices, a friction-prone interface, and a lack of maneuverable functionality. But isn’t that what matters most when using a tool? 

With performance statistics, plan usage information, domain overview, database alterations, and advanced configurations, hPanel is where you, as a user, can find everything you need to maintain an all-around healthy website.

Since it’s a custom-made panel, hPanel is amped up based on the latest technology and tweaked as per customer requests. With this flexibility at the forefront, you’ll be receiving continuous updates and features. And since there are no license fees incorporated, its price is hard to beat.

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