Determining which of the many available hosting options is most suitable can be difficult for both businesses and individuals. The usual shared hosting plans sometimes offer too little in resources and management flexibility, while a full dedicated server is sometimes more than is required or is practical to manage. In these cases, a VPS might be the ideal compromise in terms of function and in cost. VPS, short for virtual private server, is a separately functioning partition of a full dedicated server. It is configured such that the specified amount of resources devoted to the partition are only for the use of the VPS. The resources are greater than what is typically found with shared hosting, but are not quite as abundant as those on a larger, dedicated server. However, the structure of the resources allows the VPS to operate as though it is a small, independent server. This means the VPS does not have to share its designated RAM, processors, or network access with other VPS users. Administrators have full control of the operation of their virtual servers and can even reboot their partitions if necessary.
With VPS cPanel hosting, users enjoy the same features and tools as a dedicated server that has cPanel installed. The Webhost Manager, commonly referred to as the WHM, provides an assortment of tools for managing VPS functions at the administrator level. Domain website accounts can be created and modified, additional server software selected and configured, and security settings are applied as desired. The administrator can configure and customize the virtual server's Apache and PHP settings as required, and can manage the mail server and any applicable SSL certificates. Website accounts created through the WHM are automatically configured with cPanel control panels for management of individual websites on the VPS. Administrators of the VPS control access to the individual site cPanels as they choose. These control panels come with a variety of website management tools to fit many levels of site development experience.
Users benefit by having the flexibility and functionality of a dedicated cPanel server without the financial or administrative burdens of one. Operating system and core software on the machine are managed by the VPS provider, leaving the account holder to administrate the software used for day to day operations. Also of benefit, cPanel is one of the most popular control panel platforms available, meaning support is plentiful, both official and unofficial for any WHM and website control panel issues. Over time, cPanel's popularity has led to the development of many add-ons and third party scripts to increase the tools available for server and site administration, as well. The control panels have a wide selection of prepared scripts for installing blogs, discussion forums and content management systems on the virtual server's websites. The WHM allows the VPS operator to decide which features to make available to individual site control panels.
Aside from the ease of virtual server management with the WHM, the cPanel control panels offer a great number options for site developers. Content development scripts available in the control panels are often installed instantly with a single click, including database setup, making it fast and convenient to create dynamic websites. The cPanels provide a file manager for upload and download of content and for permission settings on folders and files, as well. Individual website security options such as hotlink protection, IP blocking and directory-level password protection are also available in the control panels. VPS users with cPanel have a broad selection of website development tools to complement the robust virtual server management tools.