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Your Beginner’s Guide to cPanel Settings

Posted by Alex on 18 04 2017.

Now that you have finally decided to utilize cPanel for your web hosting needs, prepare yourself to learn as there are just so many things you can do with this Linux-based control panel that towers above all other Linux-based CPs.

But if you are a newbie to the world of cPanel or web hosting in general, you should first focus on learning the basics. Although this control panel boasts of an easy-to-use, -navigate, and -understand interface, it may take you a few days or weeks to completely master the essentials. The most important thing you should start with however is the speedy identification of the what-to-dos and what-not-to-dos.

So here is a beginner’s guide for you to the common basics settings of cPanel.

  1. Gaining access to cPanel via the web browser

While you can directly go to the cPanel website, sometimes, you may have trouble accessing your account through this method. This is why you should learn of the alternative ways to access the control panel.

First, you have to find out your website’s IP address. You may also use your own domain name, but in case this also does not work, the link with the IP address will always work.

Once you know your site’s IP address, open a web browser and type this in the address bar:

  • https://my_IP_address:2083

The “my_IP_address” here pertains to the real IP address of your website, so make sure you replace this part with the genuine one. The “:2083” at the URL’s end refers to the port number responsible for routing you through your site’s cPanel installation.

  1. Making your cPanel security even more secure.

Once you have a cPanel account and you can already access it, you should start enhancing its security. This way, unscrupulous and malicious individuals will have a hard time targeting or even attacking your account.

One of the most obvious, but also most effective means to make your cpanel even more secure is to create hack-free passwords. This means using a combination of lower- and -upper hand letters of the alphabet, symbols, and numbers. In other words, In other words, create a password that no one will find in any dictionary out there. Always keep all your login credentials to yourself, and as much as possible, keep changing it frequently.

This should apply to all cPanel activities that require a password. Users, administrators, FTPs, MySQL, and a lot more.

  1. Monitoring your Disk Space Usage

While it is definitely amazing to have a website full of interesting and appreciation-worthy content, you cannot go against the limitations of your disk space usage. When this happens no one will be able to make changes or revisions to the content, which means you will have no means to post new relevant, fresh, and informative content.

Thus, you should make it a habit to regularly monitor your disk space usage. This cPanel feature will let you know how much resources you are using. It also tells you which of your directories and files consume the most amount of space. The BuycPanel Resource Monitor addon can help you keep an eye on the resource usage on your server.

Aside from content, website logs and emails also eat up your valuable but limited disk space. Fortunately, thanks to the people behind cPanel, you can set limits for every user on how much disk space they can use.