Hosting a website isn’t necessarily easy, particularly if it’s something you’ve never done before. There’s a steep learning curve involved, but that doesn’t mean that it’s entirely impossible for those uneducated in that area. In fact, there are some things you can do to make hosting a site much, much easier. One of those things is making the choice to use cPanel. cPanel, which is Linux based, provides people with a control panel that is designed to make hosting a website easier. If you’re interested in setting up a website but aren’t familiar with hosting at all, getting cPanel is probably a step in the right direction for you.
Make Sure All Your Contact Info is Up to Date
cPanel works by being connected to your account with a hosting provider. For this reason, you need to make sure that all the information you’re using when you first set up cPanel is up to date. This means that the email and other contact info you used with the hosting provider should be used with cPanel. By ensuring that the info is up to date, you’re ensuring that you’ll be getting any and all emails from your hosting provider, as well as any emails that directly relate to your website. This can remove any confusion or missed communications that might aversely effect how your site is running or notify you about an issue with the hosting situation.
Tweak the Appearance
Because you’ll likely be using cPanel quite a bit, it’s also important that the panel itself is appealing. You can tweak the way it looks by using the “Switch Theme” list. This will change the look of the control panel, but it won’t affect how it functions, which means you continue on with a panel that’s more visually appealing to you.
cPanel includes showing how much bandwidth you’re currently using (and how much you’re able to use). You can also see how many emails you have attached to your hosting account (as well as how many you’re allowed to have). Other information related to your hosting account that you can find under the stats tab is what versions of things like MySQL and php are running. You’ll also be able to see what version is currently running of the operating system you’re using. If you’re concerned or curious about the server status, you’ll also find it here; green means everything is performing as it should be.
Read the Manual
You don’t have to just jump into cPanel without a sense of direction. It comes with a built in manual that you can access at any time if you have questions or if you’re unable to figure out how to do something. This documentation is comprehensive and is worth checking out if you’re completely new to hosting. It’s also not a bad idea to check it out if you’re just looking to learn all the tips and tricks that cPanel offers.