Aside from choosing your host, selecting your control panel is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a client. Whichever control panel you ultimately settle on, it’ll have a direct impact on both cost of ownership and functionality. Save yourself the headache, and make the right choice right at the start.
At this point, some of you are probably leaning towards cPanel. I don’t blame you. It’s the current industry leader, backed by a passionate and thriving community and equipped with a comprehensive set of features. It’s reliable, it’s durable, and it’s powerful; it’s not hard to see why it’s got the biggest market share.
I won’t deny that cPanel is good at what it does – a lot of web developers and hosts swear by it with a near-religious degree of fervor. At the same time, however; there’s a growing camp of clients who are turning their eyes towards InterWorx – which is arguably superior to cPanel in every way except popularity.
There are a number of reasons for that, chief of which is how frustratingly obtuse cPanel often tends to be.
To call cPanel’s layout ‘a little confusing’ would be a bit of an understatement. Although it’s fantastic once you actually learn to find your way around it, it’s anything but intuitive. The icons are quite vague as to what they’re supposed to represent, processes are carried out on a rather roundabout way, and the menu structure is needlessly complex.
Speaking of complex, let’s talk about cPanel’s automated backup system. Although it’s probably the most powerful and flexible in the industry, those boons come with a rather hefty price: it’s complicated, and extremely difficult to set up. Getting it running is about as easy as programming a temperamental 1990s VCR; you’re probably going to have to call in a support team and spend at least a few hours to get the job done.
As I’m certain you’ve noticed, that’s sort of a common theme with cPanel. It’s powerful, sure, but it also feels needlessly complicated. It’s honestly a matter of how much hair-pulling you’re willing to go through in order to gain access to all that power – most clients are somewhere in the “little” to “none” range.
Where cPanel is cumbersome, InterWorx is sleek, clean, and simple. Because of this, it’s incredibly easy to navigate – everything you need is exactly where you’d expect it to be. There’s no fishing around for a particular feature or function. Just look at what you want to do, and click through to what you need in order to do it. That’s all there is to it.
InterWorx doesn’t lose out to cPanel on functionality either. It can do pretty much everything cPanel can do; in many cases, it actually does the job better. Take InterWorx’s password generator, which is very likely the best in the industry; or its lightning-fast installation speed compared to cPanel.
If ease of use is what you’re going for, you can’t do much better.
At this point, it may sound like I’m against using cPanel. I’m not. If, after reviewing your choices, you feel cPanel is the best one; use it. It didn’t become a market leader by being bad at its job.
At the same time, no leader ever lasts forever. Eventually, there’s always a newcomer that overtakes the current reigning king. Thanks to its intuitive nature and modern interface, InterWorx might well be that upstart – and also the best choice for your business, besides.