Those who have been in web development industry have been taking advantage of the tools and features in cPanel. The flexibility and ease of navigation make this software interface a crucial tool for website owners and administrators. What’s more, the support one gets from cPanel is invaluable too.
Even if you’re just starting out in website creation or management, there’s no doubt that you have heard about cPanel. In order to make your use of the hosting interface more productive, here are five important cPanel settings that beginner website builders or owners should know about.
This advice might sound funny or even superfluous but actually many newbies are struggling to log into their Control Panel even if they already have their login details from host providers. Your website or IP address, the right protocol to use, and the appropriate port numbers are just some of the things you need to know so you can easily access your cPanel.
Before you start building your website, you will be given a username and password that will let you access your cPanel. These login details are by default applicable to your FTP account, mySQL database user, system user, and email address as well. After accessing your cPanel, the first thing that you should do is to change your password. If you forget this important step, you are making yourself susceptible to hackers.
You should have a strong password that’s at least 8 characters long and comprised of a combination of symbols, letters, and numbers. Steer away from using important dates, phone numbers, names of your children or pets as your password. Lastly, it would help to frequently change your password. If you can’t think of something to use, you can get some idea with the cPanel’s Password Generator.
Although it’s your responsibility as a server administrator to take care of the security of your website, there are actually several features in cPanel that can boost the protection of your cPanel account, websites, and domains. Some of the things that you can use are SpamAssassin, disabling FrontPage feature, and hotlink protection.
In order to make the most of cPanel, you have to learn about the server environment. Know more about the architecture and operating system of the server, applications version, kernel version, IP address, and hosting package limitation. You can get this data on the cPanel’s main page.
You can also look at the Service Status of your cPanel so you will know the total memory usage, status of your disk space, and the number of CPUs running on the server. This will let you know the real-time condition of your server.
In the cPanel, there’s an option for optimizing or enhancing your website’s content by compressing data whenever a site visitor requests for your site. This can help speed up content download, which your visitors will surely appreciate. You will find this option in your cPanel’s Software/Services box. You have the option to compress all of your content or just specific files.
Once you have mastered the features of the cPanel, you will find this software very helpful in the management and customization of your website or domain.