For those running websites, cPanel is a great way to manage all facets of your webpage without having to be formally trained in programming or coding. cPanel is a graphical user-interface program where users can create WordPress documents, email accounts, domains, and eCommerce among others. To ensure that your cPanel works continuously and seamlessly, it is highly recommended that you protect it through directory protection. Customizing directory protection is a very simple and easy activity that can be achieved by the following steps.
Step 1 – Access the Directory Privacy Option
As you have logged on to your cPanel account, you will need to go to the “Files” section where you will see options such as File Manager, Images, Disk Usage FTP Connections, and Backup Wizard to name a few. In this section, you will see a Directory Privacy option which you must select.
After gaining access inside this option, you will be presented with 4 columns of options. These are:
Select the Web Root (public_html/www) box then press the “Go” button located below the box.
Step 2 – Password Protecting the Admin Directory
Once you have pressed the “Go” in the Directory Privacy option, you will then be directed to another set of options. These options are:
To change the current username and password of your cPanel, select the Admin option to proceed.
Once inside the admin option, you will see a list of Security Settings with multiple boxes and options. Here is how to change the current password.
Scroll down to the “Password protect this directory option and check the accompanying box.
Next, enter a customized name on the “Enter a name for the protected directory” option then click on “Save”.
You will then be directed to a confirmation page that will inform you that your customized name has been successfully saved. On this page, there will be a “go back” option which will direct you back to the Directory Privacy Option.
Once back on this page, you will be presented with the following options which you should fill out completely:
Next click on the “Save” button and you will once again be taken to a confirmation page that will inform you that your username and password has been successfully saved.
Many times the customized password that you enter may not be unique enough to ensure total protection. In the event that you password is considered too weak, there is a “password generator” feature available that will compose a safe password for you to use. Keep in mind that you will need to write down the generated password so that you do not forget it when you once again log on to your cPanel.