New to cPanel? Well, if you’re building a website, there’s a good chance it’s going to become a big part of your life, so here’s a short introduction to the basic features you’ll need to acquaint yourself with.
cPanel is a web hosting control panel that is based on Linux. It provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a site and you will find it offered by all top website hosting services.
Below is a short cPanel guide with the 5 settings that you should know when building a website for your business.
1. Accessing cPanel
Start by learning how to access cPanel. It is very easy, and it starts with finding out your website’s IP address. There are a number of different methods to do this, you can ask your hosting website for help, or use various tools that can be found online.
Once you have your IP address, enter it in the following link, replacing “IPADDRESS” with the actual number: https://IPADDRESS:2083. The number at the end, 2083, is the port number that routes you to the cPanel installation for your website.
Once you access cPanel, get acquainted with the ‘Preferences’ panel. There are a few very useful features that will help you with your cPanel progress, including features that allow you to change passwords, get started with cPanel, video tutorials, and more.
2. Security Measures
When you create an account, it is always important to secure your login details to ensure that no one can access it. The same goes for cPanel – you want to make sure that your ID cannot be stolen. Not doing so could really compromise your website’s security.
In order to do this, you need to choose a really good password with lowercase and capital letters combined with special characters (!@#$%&*) and numbers. Ideally, you want something that isn’t an actual word, but rather a random combination of at least 8 characters. That means no words, birthdays, easy to remember combinations, etc.
It is also important to change your password regularly and to create a different password for each activity – user, administrator, FTP, etc. cPanel has a tool you can use to generate great random passwords, just make sure to save the password somewhere no one can access so that you don’t forget it.
3. Disk Space Usage
One of the problems that many small businesses face is an overflow of their disk space. A lot of people, especially beginners to creating websites, forget to make sure that their databases aren’t so filled up with content that the websites aren’t working properly. cPanel has a disk space usage feature that shows you exactly which files and directories are taking up the most space so that you can organize it more efficiently and increase your disk space if necessary.
4. Domains, Subdomains, and Redirect Settings
Click the Domains box to create and administer subdomains, manage domain redirects, manage DNS records, and more.
5. Mail Account Settings
This is where you should make sure to update your primary email that cPanel can use to contact you and send you notifications. In the Preferences box, click Update Contact Info and then cPanel Mail in order to manage the email accounts associated with a domain. You can also delete or add accounts, set forwarding addresses, filtering, and auto-responders, and a few more features to prevent spam and unwanted emails.
Most of the best website hosting providers offer a version of cPanel to help you manage your site. Find out which ones we recommend in our Top 5 Hosting Sites ranking.