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cPanel is a popular web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools to simplify the process of hosting a website. Whether you’re managing email accounts, domains, or databases, cPanel offers a range of features to help you efficiently manage your web hosting environment. This guide will introduce you to the cPanel interface and walk you through its key functionalities.

To access cPanel, follow these steps:

  • Login:
    • Visit your cPanel login URL, typically https://yourdomain.com/cpanel.
    • Enter your username and password provided by your hosting provider.
    • Click “Log in” to access the cPanel dashboard.

The cPanel Interface

The cPanel interface is organized into various sections, each containing different tools and functionalities. Here’s a breakdown of the main sections you’ll encounter:

1. Dashboard Overview

Upon logging in, you’ll see the main dashboard, which includes:

  • Search Bar: Quickly find tools and features by typing keywords.
  • Statistics: Displays information about your account, such as disk space usage, bandwidth, and email accounts.
  • General Information: Provides details about your server, IP address, and last login.

2. Files

The Files section allows you to manage your website files and directories:

  • File Manager: Navigate and manage your website files, similar to using a file explorer on your computer.
  • Images: Organize and manage images on your website.
  • Directory Privacy: Password-protect specific directories.
  • Disk Usage: View and manage your disk space usage.
  • FTP Accounts: Create and manage FTP accounts for transferring files to and from your server.
  • Backup: Create backups of your website files and databases.
  • Backup Wizard: Step-by-step tool to create and restore backups.

3. Databases

Manage your website databases using the following tools:

  • MySQL Databases: Create and manage MySQL databases.
  • phpMyAdmin: Access and manage your databases via a web-based interface.
  • MySQL Database Wizard: Step-by-step tool to create new databases.
  • Remote MySQL: Allow remote access to your MySQL databases.

4. Domains

Manage all aspects of your domains:

  • Domains: Add and manage additional domains.
  • Addon Domains: Host additional domains on your account.
  • Subdomains: Create subdomains, which are extensions of your primary domain.
  • Aliases: Create domain aliases that point to your primary domain.
  • Redirects: Set up URL redirects.
  • Zone Editor: Manage DNS records for your domains.

5. Email

Configure and manage email accounts associated with your domains:

  • Email Accounts: Create and manage email accounts.
  • Forwarders: Forward emails from one address to another.
  • Email Routing: Configure how your email is handled.
  • Autoresponders: Set up automatic email responses.
  • Default Address: Configure a catch-all email address.
  • Spam Filters: Manage spam protection for your email accounts.
  • Email Deliverability: Ensure emails are correctly authenticated to prevent delivery issues.
  • Email Filters: Create rules to manage incoming emails.
  • Email Disk Usage: View and manage disk space used by email accounts.

6. Metrics

Monitor your website’s performance and statistics:

  • Visitors: View detailed information about visitors to your website.
  • Errors: View the latest errors generated by your website.
  • Bandwidth: Monitor your website’s bandwidth usage.
  • Raw Access: Download raw access logs.
  • Awstats: Access detailed web analytics and statistics.
  • Analog Stats: Access basic web traffic statistics.
  • Webalizer: View graphical web statistics.
  • Webalizer FTP: View graphical FTP statistics.

7. Security

Enhance the security of your website:

  • SSL/TLS: Manage SSL certificates for encrypting data transmitted to and from your website.
  • SSL/TLS Status: View and manage the status of SSL certificates.
  • Hotlink Protection: Prevent other websites from linking directly to your files.
  • IP Blocker: Block specific IP addresses from accessing your website.
  • SSH Access: Manage SSH access to your server.
  • SSL/TLS Wizard: A step-by-step tool for managing SSL certificates.
  • Two-Factor Authentication: Add an extra layer of security to your cPanel login.

8. Software

Manage various software applications and configurations:

  • Softaculous Apps Installer: Install popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal with a few clicks.
  • PHP Version Manager: Select and manage the PHP version for your website.
  • Perl Modules: Install and manage Perl modules.
  • Ruby on Rails: Set up and manage Ruby on Rails applications.
  • Optimize Website: Enable website optimization features.

9. Advanced

Access advanced tools for managing your website:

  • Cron Jobs: Schedule automated tasks to run at specific times.
  • Track DNS: Diagnose DNS issues.
  • Indexes: Customize how directories are displayed.
  • Error Pages: Customize error pages for your website (e.g., 404 errors).
  • Apache Handlers: Manage how Apache handles certain file types.
  • MIME Types: Manage file extensions and their corresponding MIME types.

10. Preferences

Customize your cPanel interface and account settings:

  • Password & Security: Change your cPanel password.
  • Change Language: Select your preferred language for the cPanel interface.
  • Change Style: Choose a different style/theme for the cPanel interface.
  • Contact Information: Update your contact information and preferences for notifications.

cPanel provides a comprehensive suite of tools to help you manage your web hosting environment effectively. By familiarizing yourself with the different sections and their functionalities, you can efficiently manage files, databases, domains, email accounts, and more. If you have any questions or need assistance, our support team is always here to help.

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Updated on June 25, 2024