Web Hosting Software
It seems to be the way of the land that when a Windows
compatible control panel is released it takes on the
look and feel of Windows XP. HostingAccelerator is a
Windows compatible control panel that doesn’t fail to
deliver in this respect. But instead of just looking
good and being fairly easy to navigate it is also
powerful, secure, and offers plenty in the way of
valuable functions and uses.
The navigation is relatively easy but
when compared to other control panels it might take you
a little longer to get used to. There are essentially
three different navigation menus on the screen so
finding the right page can be troublesome for the first
few visits. However, the fortunate thing about this is
that the reason for this unusual combination of buttons
at the top right of the screen, tabs just below and on
the left, and then more global buttons below that, is
the vast feature set that they contain.
Of course, the more astute among you
would have noticed the option to change from this tab
view to either tree or menu when logging in (while
choosing one of the 11 different XP themed color
settings). In our opinion you would be well advised to
do just that. However we have stuck to the default
setting for this review.
Generally speaking the round buttons at
the top of the page tend to concentrate on account
management features. As well as providing a link back to
this main page, there are also links to pages that allow
you to edit your profile, manage your folders, change
your password, list your custom links, use a byte
conversion calculator, use online help, and logout of
And Navigation Menus
The tab options are geared toward the
management of your domain, website, and emails. The
third menu has a tendency to change from buttons to more
tabs or a navigation menu and is dependent on the page
you are viewing at that time. However it is the tab
buttons where we will begin an exploration of what
exactly HostingAccelerator has to offer.
aspect that is common in Windows XP is the wizard.
Designed to make complex tasks and procedures less
complex and much quicker they can often be a genuine
lifesaver in times of trouble. While there are only so
many different applications for a wizard in a hosting
account it would have been better to see more than three
different wizards. That said, the three that are
featured provide benefits to the user because of their
labor saving qualities.
The site wizard takes you through a few
simple steps to help you establish a new site or domain.
Once completed, the domain is yours to manage as normal,
and a record is also kept in the site wizard page. It is
also possible through the site wizard to establish new
sub-domains. The procedure really is simple making it a
powerful tool for the reseller and the hosting service
The Mail Wizard is also a quick process and within just
a few screens it is possible to establish a new email
account either for an existing domain or a new domain,
established during the wizard process. The Register
Domain wizard lets you register a domain without having
to set up a website or email account in order to do so.
The site manager screen of
HostingAccelerator gives you access to numerous site
settings and enables you to manage each one of them.
Depending on the level of your account, whether you are
a site manager or a reseller, you will have access to
PHP, Perl, and .Net settings are all
managed through the domain settings along with your
domain information. The manage domain sub-screen allows
you to view and edit settings for every domain,
sub-domain, and domain directory you have on that
In the Power Apps section of the site
manager are several options to add applications to your
website in a single click. Some of these applications
can be added instantly as freely available scripts,
while others are commercial but supported by the
HostingAccelerator control panel. 17 free scripts can be
installed with a single click for each one, and they
range in purpose from forums to chat rooms, blogs to
banner management, and a lot more. Excellent for adding
dynamic and community based content to your website.
start kits are a very useful inclusion, and give you
access to packs of applications that are pre-configured
and ready to go. A good example of the functionality of
this is the commerce kit. The commerce kit includes
storefront software, shopping cart software, a
customizable product catalog, and an order submission
The Folder Manager lists all folders
currently associated with each of your domains and
sub-domains. It also has easy navigation to quickly add,
delete, amend, rename, and generally edit any of the
folders in the list. It’s even possible to search for
text strings in files in order to locate a specific file
on your server.
The Reporting Center provides access to
reports and statistics for disk space and bandwidth
used, data transfer details, system event logs, and the
message center. All statistics show the allowed limit
where applicable too ensuring that you know exactly
where you stand and how much further you can walk before
you need to upgrade to a different package with your
Being a reseller demands having complete
control over the websites you sell and the hosting
packages you offer. HostingAccelerator offers just that.
The wizards assist in the setting up of new sites, new
sub-domains, new email accounts, and even domain
registration. It also enables you, as a reseller, to
determine the packages you intend to sell and set the
appropriate features through the control panel itself. A
reseller account gives you complete control over
everything you need.
One thing we do like is a crystal clear
pricing structure. So many commercial software
manufacturers avoid, wherever possible, publishing their
rates on their website. HostingAccelerator is definitely
not like that and also offers a good range of different
plans depending on your exact needs and requirements.
Prices are available for Webmasters with
5 domains or Webmasters with 500 domains and priced
accordingly. Similarly, plans are also available for
unlimited domains, and for multiple servers. For single
servers the price ranges from $99 for 5 domains to $449
for 500 domains or even $499 for unlimited domains.
Multiple server prices are equal to $1996 for 5 servers
and $3743 for ten servers.
Hosting Accelerator is a powerful
alternative to some of the commercial Windows compatible
offerings. In some cases, though, it can be a little
difficult to follow and find what you are looking for
until you get used to the navigation. The default tab
setting doesn’t seem particularly intuitive but
fortunately this can be changed to a more traditional
and simplistic tree or menu option instead.