cPanel is the world’s most popular web based control panel for managing web hosting accounts. It has been designed to be user friendly and easy for first time users to find what they need. It is also easy to find tutorials and assistance for a task you need help with. If you are just getting started, the various web hosting terms and functions may take some getting used to, take a look at these 5 cPanel tips for beginners to help you get started.
- Information and Stats: On a limited web hosting plan it is quite easy to exceed your monthly quota of bandwidth or fixed quota a disk space. One of the first things you’ll notice on the top left in a default cPanel theme is the information and stats section. It gives you a brief overview of your account and lets you keep an eye on the resources your website is using. If you are running low on something make sure you contact support to raise the issue and find a solution before your website goes down.
- File Manager: cPanel offers two methods to manage files. You may use a FTP software like FileZilla or the inbuilt file manager. It is easy to manage a small website through the file manager but you must familiarize yourself with FileZilla if your website has more than 5 pages and goes through constant updates. You can also use it to make a personal backup of your website.
- Script Installers: Script installers like Fantastico and Softaculous make cPanel a joy to use. They are one of the top reasons why cPanel became so popular. With a few clicks you can install CMS like WordPress or Joomla and or phpBB forum. They install the software and the databases when needed. If you are looking to start your own website, start with WordPress. With a WordPress blog, you can be up and running in a few minutes without having to worry about creating a website first.
- Forwarding mails: When you run a business and own a domain name, it is logical to use an email address to If you have a Gmail or Yahoo account, you can forward your email address to it and set it up to send and receive emails from your domain. The inbuilt email options in cPanel are not that great and lack features. It is recommended to forward your domain email to Gmail or another service you prefer using the “Forwarders” option in a few steps. Enable spam assassin (mail > Spam Assassin) to enhance security and curb the flow of spam to your inbox. Discard all unrouted emails to protect your SMTP service from DOS attacks.
- Change password: Auto generated passwords are easy to remember but easier for hackers to crack and gain access to your account. One of the first things you should do is to change your default password. Create a strong password that is not a word which can be found in a dictionary and use capital letters, numbers and special characters.