cPanel History

cPanel History

It’s pretty much a guarantee that if and when you getting your Website UP↑ – you will have to use some kind of control panel to manage your Hosting account. Basically you get two types of control panels, Windows and Linux Based. We are going to focus more on the Linux side of things today.

Most Hosting Providers which offers Linux based hosting will also be using cPanel as a control panel and offer it as part of the Hosting Plan features to their clients. With plenty of useful features – it could be a daunting task for a beginner but with time one can become well acquainted with the layout of the user interface (UI).


cPanel, Inc. is a privately owned corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas.The software was originally designed as the control panel for Speed Hosting, a now-defunct web hosting company. The original author of cPanel, John Nick Koston, had a stake in Speed Hosting. Webking quickly began using cPanel after their merger with Speed Hosting. The new company moved their servers to Virtual Development Inc. (VDI), a now-defunct hosting facility. Following an agreement between Koston and VDI, cPanel was only available to customers hosted directly at VDI. At the time there was little competition in the control panel market, with the main choices being VDI and Alabanza. cPanel 3 was released in 1999: main additions over cPanel 2 were an automatic upgrade and the Web Host Manager (WHM). The interface was also improved when Carlos Rego of WizardsHosting made what became the default theme of cPanel.

Eventually, due to Koston to leave and go to college, William Jensen and John Koston, Signed a Split Agreement. cPanel split into a separate program called WebPanel; this version was run by VDI. Without the lead programmer, VDI was not able to continue any work on cPanel and eventually stopped supporting it completely. Koston kept working on cPanel while also working at BurstNET. Eventually, Nick left BurstNET on good terms to focus fully on cPanel. cPanel has since been updated and improved over the years. (Source)

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