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Control Panel Round Up - Part 3

2005-05-06 by

Aplus.Net

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1. The major features
Aplus.Net's Control Panel essentially helps the customer control everything related to their Aplus.Net service: domains, websites, email, FTP access, dial-up, billing, and more. Aplus.Net's Control Panel allows customers to control all of their accounts, so a customer with 80 web sites can control them all from one place.

Aplus.Net's Control Panel is an example of a proprietary solution from a large web hosting provider. It is not designed to be licensed to other companies, unlike the other control panels in this round-up, but it is a full-featured solution for the customers of Aplus.Net.

For the most part, the "Websites" section is the most popular part of the Aplus.Net Control Panel. This section is comprised of 3 main categories of tools: setup, design, and marketing. The setup category contains basic tools for site setup and configuration. In the design category, there are tools that allow customers to get as advanced as they want with their site: forums, blogs, surveys, web forms, chat tools, and various HTML building tools. The marketing section has numerous tools to help promote a Web site and track progress of the site's search engine ratings.

2. About Aplus.Net
Aplus.Net's company slogan is "Everything for your online business", which pretty much says it all. Aplus.Net does domain registration, shared and dedicated hosting, web design, and web site marketing and advertising. Aplus.Net has been in the hosting industry over 10 years, and is consistently rated a top host by sites like TopHosts.com and CNET. Aplus.Net has hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

3. CP latest technological advancements and improvements
One of the biggest benefits of Aplus.Net hosting services is that they are constantly adding tools to their Control Panel. Aplus.Net invests millions of dollars each year in technology innovation, and most of the CP tools are developed in-house. Many of the tools are added as a result of popular customer request. The most recent Aplus.Net CP developments include a tool that converts PDF documents to web pages, and a domain monitoring solution that watches the registry for newly registered domain names close to your own.

Aplus.Net has also incoroporated many of the best tools from the open source community in their Control Panel. The company recently added 2 popular open source blogs to their design category, as well as phpbb's popular bulletin board system.

4. CP major characteristics:
a) Knowledge base
Aplus.Net's Control Panel will soon have an interface into their Knowledge Base web site, apluskb.com.

b) Support
For support, Aplus.Net offers 24/7 live support for all products and services, including the Control Panel. This support is available via toll-free number, email, or live chat.

c) Online Forum
Aplus.Net hosts an online forum in the knowledge base section of the website.

5. Number of customers
Every Aplus.Net customer has access to the control panel. Aplus.Net has many hundreds of thousands of Control Panel users.

6. CP testimonials
Just wanted to pass along how nice I think the control panel is now.
The small changes that you made to it are really helpful, namely the drop-down menus and the static account info. that stays put on the left side.

You corrected all of the little things that bugged me about it, and I think it's just about perfect now.
Don't change a thing!

Thanks again,
Shane Bauman

7. Advantages
The main advantage is that Aplus.Net is constantly innovating and adding new tools to their Control Panel. Many competitors use an out-of-the-box Control Panel that is static and stagnant. Aplus.Net's Control Panel is something that is constantly evolving, based on customer feedback and changes in technology.

8. Features link:
Here are a couple links that explain the free marketing tools and web add-ons that are featured and controlled by the Control Panel.

Some of the free marketing tools are featured here:
http://www.aplus.net/addons_free.html
Some of the control panel add-ons are featured here
http://www.aplus.net/addons.html

9. Demo Link:
Control Panel tours are available by calling Aplus.Net web specialists at 1-877-275-8763.

10. Price link: N/A

CP Name - Aplus.Net Control Panel

Features

Comprehensive

Hosting

 

Windows and Unix/Linux hosting

Yes

Database hosting management

Yes

E-commerce support

Yes

RealMedia hosting

NO

CGI scripts installed and removed from the control panel

NO

Reseller Management

YES

Backup

 

Backup features

NO

Mail

 

Manage email accounts

Yes

Webmail for all accounts

Yes

Auto-responders

Yes

Custom mail filtering

Yes

Forwarders

Yes

Mailing lists

Yes

Ability to modify an MX entry

Yes

Spam filtering

Yes

Stats

 

Web stats - specify

Yes

Analog stats

Yes

AWStats

Yes

View latest visitors

Yes

View bandwidth usage

Yes

Billing Solution

 

Payment methods

Yes

Tax exemption

Yes

Reports

Yes

Billing history

Yes

Promotions for plans

Yes

Multiple billing profiles

Yes

Server Management

Yes

FTP

Yes

Manage FTP accounts

Yes

Anonymous FTP controls

Yes

Ability to kill FTP sessions

Yes

Site Tools

Yes

Web Protect

Yes

Custom error pages

Yes

Redirects

Yes

Marketing tools - describe

Yes - Over 20. Statistics, Search Engine Optimization, Google Ranking, MSN Ranking, BackLink Tracker, Link Popularity and more.

Development tools

Yes

Domain Tools

Yes

Advanced tools - describe

Yes

Design templates

Yes

Pre-Installed CGI Scripts

 

Bulletin Board

YES

Chat

YES

Advanced Guestbook

YES

Search

YES

Banner Rotator

NO

Language Support

 

Language Packs

NO

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