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Three cPanel Settings Beginners Should Know

Posted by Jamison on 22 09 2015.

Today, cPanel remains to be the leader in the industry of standalone hosting platforms. Most web hosting service providers utilize WHM/cPanel because of its numerous features, with the best and most useful ones being associated to its flexibility, ease-of-use, simple management, and top notch support.

 

With so many things that users can do with this control panel, it can be hard to think of anything that cannot be done with it. Despite the fact that cPanel makes the life of the people involved in web-hosting easier, there are still a number of things that should actually be tweaked in its settings. For individuals who are new to the world of cPanel, the following are three of the most important configurations that should be done during the initial phase.

 

	 Password Settings

 

By default, a username and a corresponding password are supplied to each and every cPanel user. These credentials are going to be…

Today, cPanel remains to be the leader in the industry of standalone hosting platforms. Most web hosting service providers utilize WHM/cPanel because of its numerous features, with the best and most useful ones being associated to its flexibility, ease-of-use, simple management, and top notch support.

 

With so many things that users can do with this control panel, it can be hard to think of anything that cannot be done with it. Despite the fact that cPanel makes the life of the people involved in web-hosting easier, there are still a number of things that should actually be tweaked in its settings. For individuals who are new to the world of cPanel, the following are three of the most important configurations that should be done during the initial phase.

 

  1. Password Settings

 

By default, a username and a corresponding password are supplied to each and every cPanel user. These credentials are going to be used to log into the domain owner interface. The same information is also going to be used for the email address, the system user login, the FTP account, and the MYSQL database.

 

With the default username and password being the same for almost every account and profile, it only makes sense for new users to make the necessary changes to these login credentials. In fact, changing their login credentials into something more secure should be the first on their to-do list.

 

The main reason for this is simple: for greater security. Failure to do so can result in hackers or unscrupulous individuals having unauthorized privileges and access to the server, which can be very dangerous. Personal and sensitive information can easily be stolen and used for illegal purposes. So by simply tweaking this setting right away, a cPanel user can avoid serious loss and damages.

 

Practicing proper password management means that a user performs the following:

 

  • Frequently changes passwords.
  • Avoids the use of dictionary words.
  • Does not use use personal details such as name, birth dates, or phone numbers.
  • Combines letters, numbers, and symbols to create passwords.
  • Does not click on the ‘Remember’ option in web browsers.

 

  1. Environment Settings

 

Before starting the use of cPanel, it is a must that users already have a deeper understanding of how the server environment works. Some key components that should be learned include the operating system of the server, its architecture, applications, kernel version, app versions (for cPanel, PHP, Apache, Perl, MYSQL, etc.), limitations on hosting package, and IP address. All these pieces of crucial information can be found on the sidebar found on cPanel’s interface.

 

  1. File and Directory Permission Settings

 

Another very important set of cPanel settings that beginners should know about are those for the file and directory permissions. By default, users are given a home directory which they can find in this directory: ‘under /home/{username}’. It is critical that all files and directories that are under the user’s main directory have their own permissions. Ownership titles should also be given to each file and directory.

 

It is also important to note, though, that out of all the directories in cPanel, the one that should be given the most focus on, in terms of permissions, is the ‘public_html’ directory. The reason for this is because all the contents in the previously mentioned folder can be accessed by anyone who has cPanel login credentials for the same server, if the permission settings are not changed right away.

 

The potential problems that can occur when someone who obtains unwarranted access due to unchanged permission defaults are similar to those that can happen with unsecure passwords.

 

Knowing these cPanel settings, understand what they are for, learning how they work, and making the necessary changes and tweaks to them are important responsibilities of users that should never be put aside. In addition to enhancing overall security, user experience is also vastly improved. Besides, configuring these settings are not that hard anyway.