If you have just joined the cPanel community, you likely feel a little nervous about working your way around and navigating your interface. Worry not, thanks to the user-friendliness of this impressive control panel. Yes, you have a lot to learn about its use and features, but give it time and you will soon find yourself accustomed to it.
As a beginner though, you should exert a bit more effort in learning the process behind immediate problem identification, so that you can keep the people visiting your website happy, safe, and secure.
So here are few tips you will find useful as you ease your way into the use of this Linux-based control panel.
Accessing your account
The first thing you need to do is to know how exactly you can access your cPanel account. First, you should determine your website’s IP Address. Although some people were successful in using their website’s domain name to access their account for the first time, this is not always the case. So better use your IP address instead as this is the primary method to get into your account.
Once you have this information, enter this string into your browser:
Before you hit the enter button, delete the “your_IP_address_here” part and put in your website’s IP Address. In a few seconds, you will see your cPanel account on your browser.
Upping your security
As soon as you gain access into your cPanel account, the next thing to focus on is security. You do not want anyone else to use your cPanel ID and make unauthorized changes or even steal sensitive information, so secure up your account.
As always, creating strong passwords should be on your list of priorities. Make it a habit to regularly change your passwords. To have a password hackers will have no means of guessing, use a combination of letters in both lower and uppercase, characters, and numbers.
Do not use the same password for all of your accounts. Although this may cause a bit of confusion, it is a lot better than having your ID, log in credentials, and sensitive information stolen by unscrupulous individuals.
Monitoring your disk space usage
You want to have a website full of content interesting, engaging, informative, and relevant to your visitors. However, you need to take precautions to ensure you do not reach your disk space usage restrictions. When this happens, you will no longer have the ability to create more or update your content.
To prevent this from taking place, take advantage of the cPanel disk space usage tool. This will give you the details you need to know about your resource utilization. It will also let you know of the biggest space users in your database, such as directories and files.
Always keep in mind that aside from content, website log information and emails eat up disk space. Many of these you may actually have no real need for, so constantly check your directories to ensure no wastage of precious space is taking place.