Your cPanel can also be accessed from the Client Area (http://www.yourdomain.com/my/).
1. Click "My Hosting Packages"
2. Click "View Details" for the hosting account.
3. Click "Login to cPanel"
cPanel is a server control panel for your "YOURWEBSITE.COM" web account. It allows you to make modifications and customizations to e-mail accounts, ftp and has access to many other additional tools to help you develop, manage and maintain your web site along with 2 types of web site statistic programs. The cPanel is a kin to STARTLOGIC's (vDeck3.0) but a real-world panel. Not like an AOL thing, or made for kids or grandma's to use. Its a pro web server interface used all over the world in 80% of all LINUX servers. The (cPanel) login can be accessed through your (client area) http://www.yourwebsite.com/billing/whmcs/index.php or you can always use (as the pros do) replacing "YOURWEBSITE.COM" with your website name http://www.yourwebsite.com:2082 notice the (:2082) or http://www.yourwebsite.com/cpanel notice the (/cpanel). The last two examples are direct server port access points. To access your cPanel directly, you will need your server user name and password. The one that was originally emailed to you upon sign up for web hosting.
You will need to add email accounts to your own email client if you choose not to use our email client interface such as "Hored" or "SquirrellMail". You change all email, passwords through the cPanel under each specific email account. The same goes with all other email accounts. You will have control over all email accounts and passwords from your cPanel.
What are Backups?
Backups allow you to download (to your computer) a zipped copy of either you entire site (your home directory, databases, email forwarders configuration, email filters configuration) or one of the previously mentioned parts of your site. These are not automatically scheduled backups. Automatically scheduled backups need to be enabled by the server owner / administrator.
You can backup and download the following:
Home directory backup
MySQL database backup
Email forwarders or filters backup
You can also restore the following:
Home directory backup
Email forwarders or filters
Creating A Full Backup
A Full Backup will allow you to create an archive of all the files and configurations on your website. You can only use this to move your account to another server, or to keep a local copy of your files. You cannot restore Full Backups through your cPanel interface.
1. Click on the "Download or Generate a Full Backup" button.
2. Set the following:
Backup Destination - Select the location where you want to save the backup copy. Your choices include:
Remote FTP Server
Remote FTP Server (Passive mode transfer)
Secure Copy (scp) - NOTICE! If you choose the Secure Copy (scp) option, continue with the "FTP/SCP Settings," otherwise, move on to Step 3 below.
Email Address - Enter the email address where cPanel can send a confirmation email to you when your full backup has been created.
Remote Server (FTP/SCP only) - Enter the name of the remote server (host name, IP address) where you are sending your backup file.
Remote User (FTP/SCP only) - Enter the username of the remote server login where you are sending your backup file.
Remote Password (FTP/SCP only) - Enter the password of the remote server where you are sending your backup file.
Port (FTP/SCP only) - Enter the port of the remote server where you are sending your backup file.
Remote Dir (FTP/SCP only) - Enter the directory name of the remote server where you are sending your backup file.
3. Click on the "Generate Backup" button.
4. You will see the following statement:
"Once the full backup of your account has been completed you will receive an email message to the address you specified EMAIL_ADDRESS"
5. After you receive the confirmation email, click on the "Go Back" link. You will see an entry in the "Backups Available for Download." You can download the backup file at any time.
Lets learn about cPanel, and how to navigate it's many pages and functions. Making sure that your cPanel works at its best and set up just as you want it. This tutorial will assume that you are logged into your cPanel. If you are having trouble doing that, please see the tutorial named "How to Login to cPanel".
One of the first things you should do is go to Preferences, and click on Update Contact Info. It is very important that you keep that information up-to-date so that you can receive any important email from your hosting company.
You can go to the top of the left column, and check out the Switch Theme pull-down list. From here you can easily change how your cPanel looks by changing the theme, but it does not change the way it works.
The Switch Account drop down list. You will find this list on top of the right column. If you have more than one account, this list will show you which account you are currently controlling with cPanel, and you can switch accounts here.
Stats. Scroll down, and on the left you can see important information about the account. For example, it will show you how many email account you have, and how many you are allowed with your hosting account. It will give your bandwidth usage, show your home directory, and so much more. Scrolling down further, you will find information about the operating system, php version, the MySQL version and more.
The last stat is Server Status. Click on this link and it will take you to a page that will show you how the server you are on is performing. Green lights mean the server is performing properly. Click the Go Back link to exit.
Now let's look at the right side of the cPanel screen. The right side includes icons grouped into specific boxes. These icons allow you to do specific tasks within cPanel like checking your webmail, setting up databases, setting up email addresses and auto-responders.
At the very bottom of the page is a link called Documentation. Documentation is the link to a comprehensive cPanel Manual where you can learn all there is to know about cPanel. This manual contains information about all the features of cPanel, and has sections on everything from common questions to something from every section in cPanel. It is always available from the home page of your cPanel.
Something new in this version of cPanel is that you can rearrange the windows to suit your needs. For example, if you would like to have the window titled Mail on the top, you can move it by simply dragging and dropping the window where you want it.
This ends the tutorial. You should now be more familiar with cPanel and some of its features. To learn more, you can return to the cPanel Documentation link at the bottom of the cPanel main page.
You can now exit cPanel by closing your browser, or by using the Logout button in the upper right corner. Remember, if you are using a public computer, ALWAYS Logout of cPanel before closing due to security reasons.