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How to Use CPanel

Cpanel is a web application tool that is used to help you to manage your web hosting accounts through a web interface. It can be used to maneuver all the functional areas of your website and is very effective at doing so.

Things you will need

  • Computer system
  • Internet
  • cPanel

Instructions

  1. Secure that you have an internet connection on your computer, then open your web browser and insert the address of your cPanel. The format is normally provided in one of two formats, either http or https. It will then prompt you for your username and password and then click ‘OK’ or press enter on the keyboard. At this point you should be logged into cPanel.
  2. If at any time you decide to change this password it can be done. Just go to the home page and click the ‘Change Password’ button. There should be two field available, old password and new password, place each in their respective positions then click on the change your password now button. This would have now officially changed your password.
  3. Once you’re in the program you can setup email accounts. Go to the mail area and select Add/Remove Accounts and click on ‘Add Account’. Then input the information in the required fields such as the email username and password which you want to use. While making a new email account, make sure you input the mailbox’s size limit to state how much disk space will be utilized for saving and then click the ‘Create’ button. This will now configure your new account with cPanel.
  4. If you would like this account to be deleted in the future, simply go back to ‘Add/Remove’ in the mail area and click the ‘Delete’ button beside the unwanted email account and then click ‘Yes’.
  5. Now use the File Manager to manage your website by using HTML. This would normally be done through a FTP tool or a third party program. Use this to create and delete files, organize them, upload and organize files in folders. Go to the home page and select ‘File Manager’ then click the folder icon to open a folder. Then now click the ‘up one level’ icon to go up a level and use this path to move through the windows, then select the folder you wish so you can modify its contents and properties.
  6. You can setup cPanel in a way that allows you to create a FTP account. To set this up go to the home page and click the ‘FTP Manager’ button and then click the ‘FTP Accounts’ link. Click ‘Add Account’ and then in the login field enter the name of the FTP account and the password. Insert the path of the directory to which this FTP account will access and then click the ‘Create’ button.
  7. If you would like to use cPanel to publish your website through MS Frontpage go to the homepage and click the ‘Setup Frontpage Extension’ button, then click on the ‘Install/ Reinstall Extensions button.
  8. When all of your contents have been properly organized and dealt with make sure you take time out to back up the website. This prevents you from losing your website data in an event that your computer crashes (which can happen from time to time). Go to the home page and click on the ‘backup’ button and set the timing for backing up your site, whether it should be done daily, weekly or monthly. This will make a file and download your entire backup at these times. Click on the ‘Generate/Download’ link if you want to see a list of all the backups that have been made.
  9. When you have completed all your task using cPanel then you can click the ‘Logout’ icon to sign out and then close the program.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Always secure that you make multiple backup copies of your website, not just those done by your web host. Make certain that the backup is complete and includes all the contents of the site.
  • Use the cPanel website www.cpanel.net to gain a wide variety of information about how to better utilize it.
  • Before you delete any email accounts, secure that you have downloaded whatever you need to save first. Deleting the account will also delete all the mails which cannot be recovered.
  • Continue to read on ways of utilizing cPanel, there are many degrees and levels to which it can be used, so you have to use to constantly to keep a grasp of it.
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