If you read hosting reviews usually, you probably know that cPanel is a necessary factor to take into account when choosing a hosting plan. However, as newbies in this field, you may be confused about the definition of cPanel, why is it so popular, and how can it help you to manage your WordPress website.
Under the circumstance, we write the tutorial to erase readers’ concern by telling you what cPanel is and how to manage WordPress with it easily. Considering our readers may have little knowledge about website management, we try to write this article in simple language and avoiding technical terms as much as we can.
What is cPanel?
cPanel is a control panel offered by many web hosts to site owners in order to help them manage their websites from a web based interface. It comes with a graphical interface, and easy-to-understand icon and icon names, it becomes the most popular control panel in the market. Now, almost every famous and reputable web hosting providers equip their plan with cPanel such as BlueHost, JustHost, as well as InMotion Hosting.
With cPanel, both users and administrators can control the server and website from their browsers. The practice makes website managing efficient and convenient. Besides, if the hosting provider offers 1-click-installer integrated with cPanel, then, it can help to install many scripts with several clicks.
How to Manage WordPress with cPanel?
After purchasing a cPanel hosting and installing WordPress successfully, the next step is to manage your WordPress website with this tool. Thus, we are going to introduce the functions and usages of cPanel for you step by step in the following
There are seven subdirectories under preferences. Getting started wizard introduces how to get started with cPanel and there is also a video tutorial to help you achieve this. In preference, you can also change cPanel password, update content information, change style, language, as well as shortcuts.
As the name shows, this part helps to manage mails, including email accounts, webmail, boxtrapper, mailing list, account level filtering, user level filtering, email trace, import address, and so on so forth.
Files section aims to provide solutions for file management; in this part, you can backup your files and database, and check the usage of disk space. Keeping backups is an essential habit that decides whether you can restore your website once it has been damaged. If you do keep the good habit, then, no matter what happens to your site, you can save it with several steps.
If you are confused about how to backup database, don’t worry; there is backup wizard next to Backups icon. However, if you want more detailed information about data backups, please read How to Backup and Restore Your Database in cPanel. As the name shows, this article not only explains how to backup files but also how to restart your website once it is damaged.
Logs ensure you to check the current log information about your website. You can check latest visitors, bandwidth, webalizer, raw access logs, analog states, error log, choose log programs, as well as awstats.
Security matters a lot to website management. Thus, every site owner needs to pay extra attention to this part. There are password protect directories, IP deny manager, SSL manager, SSH access, hotlink protection, leech protection, and keys. Every part is responsible for different security duties. For example, password protect directories allow users to password protect a file, and the whole process comes with comprehensive directions, and what you need to do is following the instructions.
Domains & Databases
Domains are a section to manage domain information including subdomains, add-on domains, parked domains, redirects, and simple DNS zone editor. As for the section of Databases, there is a MySQL database wizard to instruct you how to create and configure your database with cPanel. Besides, this part also contains phpMyAdmin and remote MySQL.
Software/Services & Advanced
Software and service section is all about software you have installed and services, containing CGI center, site software, Perl modules, PHP packages and configuration, rubygems, and optimize website. With these choices, you can manage your downloaded software and configure PHP as you wish.
Advanced section is all about advanced features such as Apache handler to deal with Apache web server, image manager to handle image, index manager, Cron Jobs, network tools, and error pages.