Cube Panel Web
Compatibility and usability are everything in a control
panel, and Cube Panel offers both in abundance. Not only
is it compatible with Linux and Unix but also Windows
servers. It is also offers an intuitive, simple
interface that takes no time to master.
All upgrades and patches are available as
part of the service plan for the twelve months following
your purchase so you can be assured that you offer your
clients or your website the latest control panel
The Cube Panel is packed full of features
but offers a refreshingly simple interface. The home
screen is where the action centers and contains all of
the most valuable and useful links. Everything you need
to do can be accessed from this page.
The small column on the left gives a
brief overview of the statistics for your domain. AS
well as showing how much disk space your site is
currently using it also displays traffic volumes, in KB,
the number of email accounts, email forwarding, mailing
lists, MySQL databases, and FTP accounts.
For a more detailed version of these
statistics and further information, the home page has a
Reports button that links to all of this information.
Traffic statistics detail the amount of inbound traffic
compared to the amount of outbound traffic. Web
statistics is a more detailed view of the figures above,
while the FTP statistics shows the number of FTP
accounts as well as the amount of data that has been
transmitted via FTP.
Domain options are broken down into two
different pages. The Domain Permissions page displays
the actual permissions you have according to your
account. This includes scripting support, extension
support, and whether you have the ability to add new FTP
and other accounts. The Domain limits show exactly what
you are entitled to use with your current package. The
total number of email accounts, aliases, data transfer,
website capacity, mailbox capacity, and other figures
are included in this page enabling you to easily keep
track of whether you need to upgrade your package or any
of these factors.
Hosting configuration is the page that
displays your username and your current password. This
is also the page where you can change your password if
needed. Domain data, situated next to the Configuration
button shows all current information held regarding your
domain name and enables you to update any fields you
like. This includes your company name and address among
other fields. The Domain data also shows your domain
name, IP address, and type of account you have. Further
settings pertaining to access and your domain can be
altered through the Access and Personalization pages.
Your email accounts are managed through
these three buttons on the main interface page. Clicking
the email button takes you to your email management
screen with further links to add new email accounts,
manage email forwarding, and access your webmail. The
mailing lists button takes you to your list management
control and allows you to add a new mailing list and
view existing ones via the web interface. Finally, if
you have email filters enabled on your account you can
enable them and disable them through the Email filters
Managing your databases is done through
the MySQL button on the Database menu. This gives you
the ability to add a MySQL database and view existing
ones. Adding a database is a very simple process, as is
the amending and use of an existing one.
This is the final group of buttons in
your control panel, called the Hosting buttons.
You can quickly and effectively give new
FTP users accounts through the FTP Accounts button. This
can provide those that need access to your site with a
simple way to upload, download, and amend files that are
on your server.
The regular backup of your whole website
can prevent lost data and serious headaches. Fortunately
Cube Panel provides a devastatingly simple way to do
just that. By clicking the Backup copies button you are
taken to the following backup management screen:
Once you’ve filled in the first two
fields you can create a one off copy, or alternatively
by selecting daily, weekly, or monthly in the Frequency
drop down box you can make regular backup copies as per
your desired frequency. Backup copies can also be
retrieved and restored through this simple interface.
Restrictions allow you to password
protect certain directories, pages, and files on your
website. The restrictions control panel provides easy
access to add new restrictions and enable groups to have
access to those areas. You can also edit any existing
restrictions as and when necessary.
While FTP provides a quick desktop based
method to manage all the files on your server, sometimes
it is more convenient to use a web based system to this
end. The file manager offers you unrestricted access to
your files and folders. As well as being able to upload
new files and add new directories, through the following
manager you can also edit various details of each file.
The log manager provides access to all
log files. These show the most recent actions that have
been taken on your domain and can provide invaluable
information pertaining to your activities as well as
those of your other users and site visitors.
Through the FrontPage Extensions button
you can install FrontPage extensions allowing you to
design, create, and publish your website with Microsoft
FrontPage and host it on your server.
As with the majority of control panel
licenses the amount you will need to pay for a Cube
Panel license is dependent on the number of domains you
wish to use it for. While the minimum number of domains
per license is an unusually high 30, the cost for this
package is 80 Euros. The unlimited domain package, ideal
for the major host, costs 305 Euros.
Cube Panel offers a simple interface that
has a surprising number of features and information. The
major selling point of Cube Panel is just how simple the
control panel is to operate is. Wherever other major
control panels become bogged down with often unnecessary
features and navigational links Cube Panel has resisted
that temptation instead opting for a simple navigation
The licenses are slightly restrictive if
you are a reseller with limited customers or simply want
a good control panel for yourself on your own server.
However, while the minimum license may be for 60 domains
it is also very cost effective priced at the equivalent
of around $100.
Cube Panel Lite is a free function
limited version of Cube Panel that is certainly useful
for single domain users that still want to retain a lot
of power over their own server. The Cube Panel control
panel, compatible with Linux and Windows based servers
offers a very good alternative to the major control
panels on the market and because of its cross
compatibility and reasonable price it is likely to
become more popular in the future.