It’s one thing to buy a domain name, get a hosting plan and set up a functional business website, but after that comes the actual work running and maintaining a successful website.
Whether it’s a new website or an established one, it is still a crucial part of your business, and as such, it needs regular maintenance.
Your site needs to be kept optimized, easy to access, and free from malicious logins, spam and malware. And most of this can be done behind the scenes in a special place called ‘The Control Panel’ (cPanel). cPanel is the behind the scenes place where the magic happens.
One of the most basic and common things the cPanel is used for is installing a website builder.
Most times, after buying a domain name and hosting account, your website is pretty much empty and without website building skills and you can’t really do much with it.
But with the help of an inbuilt easy to use software installer called Softaculous, you can install easy to use website building software like WordPress or Joomla with just a click of your mouse.
What about optimizing your website? Can you make it faster and more efficient from the cPanel? Of course you can.
With the cPanel’s Optimize Website Tool, you can easily compress the content on your site so that it takes up less space and is easier to access; leading to a better and faster browsing experience for your visitors.
Speaking of website visitors, as your website starts getting popular, more people will start visiting and you are going to get a ton of traffic.
But, a popular site with traffic soon becomes a target for hackers and spammers.
Spam mail is annoying and may contain malware or viruses that can hijack your site or steal your data if you open it.
Lucky for you, anti-spam software that can protect your site is built right into your cPanel, software like the Apache Spam Assassin.
You can set it up to blacklist certain email addresses, flag emails with certain words and phrases, and even auto delete those annoying spam emails (after testing the levels). Once activated, it will add a spam marker to the title of emails. You can test it’s ‘strictness’ settings for a while, then when you are confident, you can ask Apache Spam Assassin to simply delete spam before it gets to you in box (use with caution). Just be sure to also add all important emails to the Apache Spam Assassin whitelist.
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Another thing you should be familiar with when using in the cPanel is the File manager.
The file manager is an app that displays all the files on your site and where there are stored. Images, text, documents, settings, videos etc. They are all stored and accessed in the file manager.
You can use the file manager to upload or download files, delete out-of-date backups, or use it to edit certain settings that affect your website and even get rid of any annoying site errors.
Be sure to use the last two with caution though, because one wrong edit could also stop your entire website from showing up online.
Lastly, you should know how to back up your website using the cPanel.
Accidents happen, sites get hacked, some hosting providers even shut down without notice. Without a backup, an entire online business can be lost forever. Some hosting providers include a backup in their service, but it is far faster to get things back online when you have your own backup ready.
With a few clicks on your control panel, you can backup your entire hosting account and save it to your external hard drive or desktop. This includes all emails, websites and settings … perfect!
Not to mention that with a full backup of your site, would make it very easy for you to switch hosting providers if you ever needed to. Many hosting companies will be able to restore your cPanel backup to the new hosting account for you.
On the email backup side, the cPanel email forwarder is also a useful tool. By forwarding your emails to another account, you can check them easily, but also have a backup of important emails should you experience any issues.
That I think should give you all the basics to using and setting up the cPanel for a faster and more efficient site, and for protecting your site against any eventuality.
What if you need more help?
If you need some more assistance with cPanel features, and you have your website set up with a reliable hosting company with great customer service, they will be more than happy to help you. There are also many free video guides online for cPanel and WordPress features.
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