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cPanel: Beginners Guide for Commonly Used Features

cPanel is one of the widely website control panel. It offers a popular dashboard interface to manage your hosting. If you’re not too clear on how to use this control panel, this article will walk you through the basic functions that you can perform with relevant screenshots.

What is cPanel?

It is a dashboard to manage your web hosting account through a web interface. It makes managing a hosting account easy that even those without technical expertise can set up websites. Dashboard also gives you updates, ability to access and manage add-on domains, FTP, security measures, enable backup for your files & more. GoBabbu Hosting Solutions also offer easy management with cPanel for a bunch of our products, namely:

Why do people use?

  • Easy to use
  • Set-up & manage mail accounts & services like forwarders
  • Manage Website Files, databases using phpmyadmin
  • Sub-domain Management
  • Helps keep a tab on your bandwidth usage
  • Check Logs & manage installations

What can you do with cPanel?

  • Connect domain names to your hosting
  • Set up emails for your site
  • Install WordPress (or another content management system)
  • Back up your website
  • Upload files
  • Check your bandwidth usage

1. A Quick Intro to cPanel’s Interface:

Along the left hand side of your screen, you’ll see a sidebar with four icons. From the top down, these stand for Home, Statistics, Dashboard and User Management.

  • Home is the primary page of the cPanel where you’ll access most of its functions.
  • Statistics shows you important numbers like how many email accounts, file transfer protocol (FTP) accounts and domain names you have, as well as how much bandwidth and disk space you’re using.
  • Dashboard is a quick reference page where you’ll find links to some of the most commonly used links of the site, as well as at-a-glance looks at your bandwidth and disk space usage, mail statistics and more.
  • User Management is where you can add or remove users from your account.
    Here, you can also see which email accounts you’ve set up, as well as who has access to your FTP and web disk in case you’re sharing an account with other users or admins.

2. Preferences & Mail Management:

Before we jump into actually managing your site in cPanel, let’s get a little familiar with the backend. Once you login to cPanel you’ll be taken to the dashboard. You will see preferences in which you will be able to do the following:

Preferences: These are your personal preferences on how you wish to use cPanel

Walk through using Getting Started Wizard
Edit/Change Password
Update Contact Information
Change Language

Mail: This is complete Mail management area

Edit/Create/Update/Manage Email Accounts of your Domain/Website
Access Webmail
Define/Configure Email Forwarding
Set Auto Responders

3. Managing Domain Names & Subdomains

The Domains section of your cPanel will be useful anytime you want to add another domain to your hosting account, manage redirections, or create a subdomain that can be used to build a new site.

Domains: Complete Domain Management

Add Addon Domains
Create Subdomains
Make a domain redirect
DNS Editing to check/edit/update DNS settings of your hosting account with domain name

4. Managing Your Files

The “Files” section of cPanel is your go-to spot for uploading files, backing up your website and managing your file transfer protocol (FTP) accounts. FTP is simply a way of managing the files associated with your website – whether that means uploading, reading or retrieving them. However you can also upload files directly from File Manager.

Files Section helps you with

Taking Backups of your home directory
File Management
Check Disk Space Usage
Create & Manage FTP Accounts
Create Codeguard Automated Backups

5. One Click Installs (Like WordPress!)

The last thing we’re going to show you how to do is install WordPress, and other useful apps, directly from your cPanel. This will SERIOUSLY speed up the process of getting WordPress installed. First, locate the “Software” section of your cPanel home page, then click “Softaculous Apps Installer”.

You’ll then see a screen like this, FULL of apps you can install with a handy menu along the left-hand side. It’s a good idea to research every app you’re considering BEFORE you install it. Move Mouse Over to “WordPress” icon – it should be at the top left in the middle of the screen – and click “Install” (if you haven’t already installed WordPress on your domain).

 

References:
Hosting Facts / Beginners Guide to cPanel

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