What is cPanel? cPanel Guide

Once you purchase a domain, and Configure the DNS, You have to transfer files to the server and create MySql database to create a website on your Domain. So here the use of cPanel came into play. cPanel is basically a Web Based Control Panel, provided you by your WebHost. It allows you to manage your Web host easily. With cPanel you can accomplish your tasks faster and anyone even a non-professional can create a complete website/blog using cPanel. It have alot of features which makes it easy to manage any host Server. You can create MySQL Databases, edit database through phpMyAdmin, can transfer files to your server using File Manager and you can do much more then it. cPanel really makes it easy to manage a Web Host.

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cPanel Guide.


cPanel is famous because of its features and tools. It provide Stats, Logs, One Click installation Software on Some Hosts, Security and everything. cPanel is not a free Control Panel. If you buy VPS (Virtual Private Server) or Dedicated Server, you have to buy cPanel license which will cost you $15/month, But if you purchase shared hosting from somewhere it comes free and installed by default. You just have to login and start working on your website/blog. I am going to explain each feature below.

1. Stats

In stats section you can find information about your Bandwidth, Main Domain and Disk Space. You can see how much is your total monthly bandwidth and how much is left. How much disk space is available. What was the last login ip address. If you click on Expand Stats, the stats section will expand and you can have complete stats there {A-Z}. Like FTP Accounts, Email accounts, MySQL databases, PHP Version, MySQL Version etc. You can also find Perl Version and Kernel Version.

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2. Prefrences

In Preferences tab you can have getting started tour and video tutorials for cpanel training. You can change password of your cpanel, can update your contact information and you can change theme of the cpanel, You can change lanuage and create shortcuts. I suggest you to watch Video Tutorials if you have no experience with cPanel.

To change your cPanel Password click on Change password > Type your old password, New password and retype your new password, Uncheck the “Allow MySQL password change”. Click on Change your password now, and its done.
If you want to change the language of cPanel, Click on Change Language >> Choose your Language >> click the Change button.

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3. Mail

Here you can create email accounts ending with your domain name, like demo@howupdates.com and webmail is the option where you can login that email account to check your emails. You can create mailing lists and can put MX record Entries.

To create email account, Click on Email Accounts >> Type your email, password and then retype the password >> Set the disk space for email account >> Click on Create account.
To login your email Account Go to https://Server IP:2096 >> Type your email and password >> Click on Login >> Select your Module and its done.

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4. Files

This is very important section of cPanel. By using tools available in this section you can create Backups, Can transfer files to your host server by using File Manager, and you can create FTP accounts, which you can use on FileZilla to transfer files to the server.

To upload files from your pc to server, Click on File Manager >> Remote on Web Root (public_html/www) and click on Go >> Go to the directory where you want to upload the files >> Click on Upload >> Click on Choose Files, Select Files from your PC and click Open >> Once the files are uploaded, click on Back to /home/your cpanel username/public_html. You can also upload zip file and can extract it on File Manager.

To Create FTP Account, Click on FTP Account from Files Section >> Type Login, Password and Retype the Password >> Select the directory where the FTP can transfer the files >> Select the Disc Space for the FTP (Unlimited Recommended) >> Click on Create FTP Account. Now your FTP account is created you can connect it with FileZilla or any other FTP client you are using. You can also connect to FileZilla with your cPanel username, Password and IP.

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5. Logs

Here you can find the logs details of your host. You can find information about latest visitors, Error Logs, Raw Stats, Analog stats and all other info related to your website/blog Logs.

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6. Security

Security always comes first. Here you can create passwords for specefic directories, You can ban IP address from your host, and the user from that ip address will not gain access to your blog/website again. You can Manage SSL/TLS and you can play with other security modules here.

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7. Domains

You can create Sub Domains like demo.howupdates.com, can park your domains and can change the dns recordss by the usage of DNS Editors.

To create a Subdomain, Click on Subdoamins >> Type the Subdomain you want >> Select The directory of which you want to show the contents on Subdoamain >> Click on create button. Done

To create Redirect, Means if you move to another domain and if you want to redirect your old domain to new domain, you have to create Redirect for it. Click on Redirects >> Select Type (Permanent 301) >> Select the domain you want to redirect >> Type new domain in the Redirect to box >> Remote on “Redirect with or without www” >> Click on Add button.

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8. Databases

In this section you Can create MySQL Databases and you can edit Databases from phpMyAdmin.

To Create MySQL Database, Click on MySQL Databases >> Find Create New Database, type the name of database and click on Create Database >> On the next page click on the back button >> Scroll down and find “MySQL Users” >> Type the username, Password and retype the password >> Click on create user >> On the next page click on the back button >> Now scroll down again and find “Add User To Database”, Select the recently created user and database and click on Add Button >> Checkmark the ALL PRIVILEGES and click on make changes, Its done you finally created a MySql Database.

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I hope this article will help you. If you find this article helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends on facebook and G+. If you still have any questions in mind, don’t hesitate commenting below.

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