January 11, 2017

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What is cPanel and why should I know about it?

You have been running a small bakery for the last ten years and after resisting for long, you have finally decided that you would like to have a website for your bakery. You have a web developer friend who is willing to design it for you ­ she is even willing to set it up to take online orders in your local community.

Things sound very exciting but you have a few nagging doubts. What about after the website is up? Will you be able to afford someone to regularly take care of it? You are very comfortable with the computer and like browsing and sending emails to your friends, but feel that taking care of a website is a different proposition all together!

You may be surprised to hear this but using the web maybe all that you need to be comfortable with to successfully manage and maintain your website. You can use cPanel to manage every aspect of your website from setting it up to including other features like emails, backups, web site statistics and CGI scripts, through a web based interface.

So what is cPanel?

cPanel is an application with a web interface, that most web hosting companies provide nowadays, to help you manage your website. When you set up an account with the service provider for server space for your website, you will also be given access to a cPanel that has been customized for your account. This will of course contain essential details like your domain name, the disk space allotted, bandwidth and usage so far. However, the cPanel goes further than this – it contains many other powerful tools that will allow you to manage your website through a web interface.

Let us take a quick look at some of the most useful tools included in cPanel:

• Content Management: You can update the website at your convenience using cPanel. For
example, if you would like new images or new files on your website, you can upload or download
files using the File Manager. Plus, you have the option of editing the files online if you need to
make quick changes.

• E­mail management: You can manage every mail­related task including setting up new email
accounts, forwarding options, setting up and managing mailing lists, autoresponders and spam

• You can activate pre­installed script for shopping carts, forums or chats using cPanel.

• You can view the number of visitors to your website through the website statistics tool.

• You can password protect certain folders, manage additional domains and sub­domains, set up
redirects and have error page management all using the cPanel.

• Finally, as you get more comfortable with using these various tools, you can start using Crontab
tasks for scheduling regular tasks especially back­ups or set up and use databases.

• More importantly, you can use another powerful tool included in cPanel known as Fantastico that
allows you to install more advanced features, like Content Management Systems (Joomla,
Mambo, Drupal, and so on.), blogging applications, polls and survey applications and many more.

Thus, using cPanel, you can not only maintain your website successfully but also use its many advanced features to build on it further.


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