To have your own site - be it a forum, webpage or anything else - you need hosting. There are so many web hosting companies out there that it would take me months to list them and what they offer. It is essential when picking a host that you check which services they supply and that you understand them. You need to look at cost, how good their support (both customer and technical) is, maintenance and security. But, something else you need to look at is the control panel through which you control/manage your website.

There are quite a few different control panels out there, so I thought I'd list some of the main ones.

Helm
Parallels Helm is a Microsoft windows control panel solution, empowering hosting providers to control, automate and sell virtually any product or service. Helm allows service providers to keep their operational costs down and serve their customers better, resulting in efficient service, improved revenue and greater levels of customer satisfaction.

Helm has the flexibility to support any sized web hosting company by being able to provide its full range of services across thousands of servers or all on just one single machine. Adding and removing servers as you grow is easy and Helm has the ability to distribute your web sites across multiple servers insuring that they are used as effectively as possible.

By streamlining server-to-server communications, the next generation of Helm is faster, more flexible and more secure.
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cPanel
cPanel is the industry leader for turning standalone servers into a fully automated point-and-click hosting platform. Tedious tasks are replaced by web interfaces and API-based calls. cPanel is designed with multiple levels of administration including admin, reseller, end user, and email-based interfaces. These multiple levels provide security, ease of use, and flexibility for everyone from the server administrator to the email account user.
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Interworx
The InterWorx Hosting Control Panel is a dedicated server control panel. It is feature rich for both the system/cluster administrator and website administrator.

InterWorx is divided into two main panels: NodeWorx, which is designed for system administrators, and SiteWorx, which is designed for website administrators. Both NodeWorx and SiteWorx have logins for multiple users with varying privileges and NodeWorx has a special Reseller interface.
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DirectAdmin
DirectAdmin has an easy to use control panel and states that it is programmed to be the fastest running control panel available. They claim to also avoid downtime by automatically recovering from crashes.
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Plesk
Parallels Plesk Panel is the leading hosting automation control panel on the market.

User-friendly and with multiple login roles that cater to all users, the Parallels Plesk Panel can have your hosting business up and running in no time.
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