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cPanel Guide

Posted by kk on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If you’re not sure which web host to purchase, then I have a tip that might help you make a final decision. Most good web hosts have something called cPanel, which is basically the hidden underbelly of the web hosting world. What I mean by that, is that everything you need to tweak or optimize your website, lies hidden behind a special access panel. This access panel, also called a control panel, is where you update e-mail accounts, FTP accounts, subdomains, databases, and practically any other setting that you will need to change in your website.

You can access cPanel by typing your domain name followed by a /cPanel. You’ll then be prompted for a username and password, which will lead you to the cPanel main menu. From there you’ll find hundreds of options related to your domain and your hosting account. The first time that you access cPanel might be a bit confusing, but once you’ve had a chance to play around with the settings and get familiar with the layout, you should build to pick it up pretty easily.

From the cPanel main menu, you can take a look at all of your e-mail accounts, which includes checking your e-mail accounts if they are not forwarded to an external e-mail address. You can also add, update, or delete MySQL databases, which are needed to run more advanced server-based software systems. On the sidebar you should see your storage and bandwidth quotas listed, so you can keep an eye on whether or not you are close to using your allotted space. If you are close to using your storage and bandwidth limits, then you might consider upgrading.

You can change your passwords, ad domain redirects, or take a look at your domain analytics all from the same place. If you’ve ever used a domain or hosting account that did not include cPanel, then you’ll realize just how important it is to have everything you need directly at your fingertips. I had that problem once, but I never made a mistake of choosing a host without cPanel again. Although most web hosts offer similar functionality, cPanel makes adding more selling domains a much more efficient process.


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