Although there are various different types of web hosting services (environments). We are going to focus on web hosting in the general term. Web hosting consists of a folder (usually on a larger server/network) that you can upload your website files into. From this folder, the rest of the world will then be able to view your website from your website address (ex: yourwebsitename.com).
Shared web hosting is a web hosting service for smaller websites (usually the most cost effective type of web hosting). Shared web hosting means your website will be sharing a server with hundreds of other websites (similar to renting an apartment in an apartment complex). Shared Resources + Shared Cost’s = lower costs for your website. Although not all websites are suitable for shared web hosting, the majority of starter (or small websites) are.
cPanel is software that Forward Web installs onto it’s servers (allowing Forward Web clients to easily manage their web hosting environments). Without cPanel, most beginner/novice users would find it incredibly difficult to manage their web hosting environment. Although there are many different types of interfaces like cPanel, cPanel is considered to be the industry standard and Forward Web considers cPanel to be the best panel for its web hosting clients to use.