What is cPanel and what can it do for you?
cPanel is a Linux-based web hosting control panel. It provides an easy to read graphical interface with very helpful automation tools. These tools are designed to simplify the process of hosting a website. This article will look over some of the most important and most-used icons within your cPanel interface. For extra help click the link within the icon overview, or click here to be redirected to the cPanel documentation home page.
Subdomains – help
Subdomains are URLs for different sections of your website. They use your main domain name and a prefix. For example, if you your domain is example.com a sub-domain might be prefix.example.com.
To create a subdomain…
1. Enter the desired prefix in the ‘Subdomain’ text box.
2. Select the desired main domain from the menu.
3. Enter the home directory for the subdomain in the ‘document root’ text box.
4. Click ‘Create’.
Addon Domains- help
An addon domain allows visitors to reach a subdomain of your site by typing the addon domain’s URL into a browser. This means that you can host additional domains from your account, if allowed by your hosting provider.
To create an addon domain…
1. Enter the new addon domain name in the ‘New domain name’ text box.
2. Enter the directory that will contain the addon domain’s files in the ‘Document root’ text box.
3. Enter the password for the addon domain into the ‘Password’ text box.
4. Confirm the password in the ‘Password (Again)’ text box.
5. Click ‘Add domain’
6. To add files to the addon domain’s home directory, click ‘file manager’.
Parked Domains –help
Parked Domains aka domain pointers allow you to “point” or “park” additional domain names to your existing hosting account. This will allow users to also reach your website when entering the “parked” or “pointed” domain into their browsers.
To add a parked domain…
1. Enter the name of the domain that you wish to park in the available text box.
2. Click ‘Add domain’
3. To access the parked domain use the File Manager, and click under the ‘Document root’ that corresponds with your parked domain.
Redirects allow you to redirect your viewers to another specific web page and display the contents of that page. This enables you to make a page with a difficult URL accessible through a page with an easier URL.
To add a redirect…
1. Select a redirect type from the ‘type’ menu. This can be permanent of temporary.
2. Select ‘**All public domains**’ option to redirect all of the domains that your cPanel accounts control.
3. In the text box to the right of the domain selection menu, enter the rest of the URL that you want the server to redirect.
4. In the ‘redirects to’ text box, enter the URL to which you wish to redirect users.
5. Select one of the following options: ‘only’ redirect with www. option, ‘redirect’ with or without www. option, or the ‘Do not redirect’ option.
6. Select the ‘wild card redirect’ option if you wish to redirect all files within a directory to the same filename in the new directory.
7. Click ‘add’
RVSite Builder- help
This icon connects you to easy-to-use sitebuilding software. RVSite Builder combines the flexibility of a CMS (Content Management System) with the convenience of a drag-and-drop web design tool.
For a helpful tutorial click here
This icon provides 328 scripts all available for your website including WordPress, Drupal, and Joomia. For a list of all scripts along with FAQ’s, videos, and tutorials at softaculous.com
To open a ticket with Softaculous support click here
This icon provides you with a free and open source tool to handle the administration of MYSQL with the use of a web browser. You can perform various tasks including; creating or deleting databases, tables, fields or rows, executing SQL statements, or managing users and permissions. For a helpful tutorial click here
File Manager- help
Manage and edit your files within the File Manager icon.
When you open the File Manager interface…
1. Select one of the four main directories you wish to view.
(HOME, WEB ROOT, PUBLIC FTP ROOT, DOCUMENT ROOT)
2. To see hidden files, select ‘Show hidden files’.
3. Select the ‘Skip this question’ box if you do not want to see the ‘file manager directory selection’ window.
4. Click ‘go’.
cPanel can assist you through the database setup with the MySQL Database Wizard
To set up a database with the MySQL Database Wizard…
1. Enter the name for the database in the text box.
2. Click ‘next step’.
3. Enter the name for the user who is allowed to manage the database in the text box.
4. Enter the user’s password or generate one.
5. Reenter password
6. Click ‘Create user’.
7. Select privileges, or select ‘All privilages’.
8. Click ‘Next step’- cPanel will display a message stating that the account was successful.
9. Select one of the following: ‘Add another database’ ‘Add another user’ ‘return to home’.