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Four cPanel Tips for Beginners

Posted by Alex on 02 05 2017.

One of the prime  advantages of cPanel is its user-friendliness. With an intuitive interface and numerous add-ons available, cPanel allows its users a very convenient method or tool in managing their hosting services. In fact, even a person who’s not tech savvy should have no problem using cPanel.

While cPanel is generally considered as user-friendly even for people with limited web hosting experience, novice cPanel users would likely welcome the following tips and tricks that can take their web hosting experience to another level:

  1. Backing up is easy.

Backing up websites hosted on a cPanel server is a must for all users. It is particularly recommended prior to making any changes on a website. Server administrators should also encourage their clients to maintain their own backups.

The good news is that backing up is very easy as it can be accomplished by taking the following steps:

  • Log into cPanel
  • Go to Files section then click the Backups icon
  • Look for Full Backup then click the Generate/Download a Full Website Backup.
  • Select Home Directory option on the next page.
  • Choose to receive an email notification once the backup is complete by filling in your email address.
  • Click Generate Backup.
  1. Update contact information regularly.

cPanel users are required to give an email address so they can receive important notifications such as password changes, disk quota warnings, and external logins. It is recommended that users give a secure email address.

Once an email address has been configured outside of the cPanel account, users can follow these steps in updating their cPanel contact information:

  • Log on to cPanel.
  • Choose Contact Information under Preferences.
  • Update email address. Check appropriate boxes/preferences pertaining to login notifications.
  1. Always use a strong password.

Just like in an email account, the use of a strong password is very critical in cPanel. By default, a cPanel user will get a username and password to be able to log into the domain owner interface.

Yet changing the password is highly recommended to cPanel users. This can prevent a hacker from correctly guessing or retrieving a password.

A strong password has at least eight characters, and uses a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Dictionary words should not be used, as well as familiar items that can be guessed like birth date of the user.

  1. Regularly check disk space usage.

One thing that website owners hope to achieve is to fill their websites and databases with content that their visitors appreciate. But it can be a let-down to have disk space limitations that can prevent website owners from updating their content.

With the cPanel disk space usage function, users will be able to determine how they are using this resource. Moreover, they can see which directories are using the most space. They can even set limits on the max disk space allocated on each website.

These four pointers can help novice cPanel users get started in using the control panel.