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Using the cPanel Control Panel

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The cPanel control panel is the most popular control panel application available for Linux web hosting as it has proven itself to be reliable and cost effective whilst retaining its relatively low price tag. Linux web hosting services are used by a majority of web hosting consumers which is why it is important for hosting companies to deploy a sturdy but easy to use control panel that can be used by even the most inexperienced of users; as well as powering most shared web hosting platforms, cPanel is also the control panel of choice for many VPS server and dedicated server hosting customers.

Creating an Email Account

Creating an email account using cPanel is a fairly simple procedure. To begin with, click the “Email Accounts” icon that is located under the “Mail” title on the homepage.

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After that you will then be directed to a page that will contain the relevant form as well as a list of existing email accounts.

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In order to create an email account you will need to fill in the following details:

  • Email – this is the name that you want to precede your domain name to form the email address, i.e. “example” would be translated to [email protected]
  • Password – you will need to password protect your email account to reduce the chances of hackers gaining access and viewing the contents
  • Mailbox quota – you may wish to put a limit on the amount of content that a single mailbox will be able to host because the disk usage of each email account will eat into your overall disk space usage.

Once you have clicked “Create Account” you should then receive a conformation message and your new email account will then appear in the list below.

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Creating a MySQL Database

To begin with, click the “MySQL Databases” icon that is located under the “Databases” title on the homepage.

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You will then be directed to a page that will provide you with a list of your existing MySQL databases and database users. To create a new MySQL database, you will need to fill out the form at the top of the page.

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It is simply a case of typing in the name of your new database and clicking “Create Database”; it is important to note that the name of your database will be preceded by your cPanel account name.

If you wish to create a database user then you will need to enter the following details into the form:

  • Username – this, like your database name, will be preceded by your cPanel account name
  • Password – you should always apply a password to your MySQL database user accounts so that hackers aren’t able to view any of the data stored in your databases through the use of a compromised account.

Once you have created a database and a database user account, you will need to assign the user account to the database and will need to explicitly set the permissions that you wish for that account to have over the database concerned.

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File Manager

The file manager in cPanel is one of its richest features and provides you with the ability to manage the files that you have hosted in your web space without the need to more complex options such as FTP.

To access the file manager, you will need to click the “File Manager” icon located under the “Files” title on the homepage.

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After that, you will be provided with the option of where you want the File Manager to direct you towards. If you are going to be uploading documents to your publicly accessible web space then you will want to choose “Web Root”.

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The File Manager will provide you with a multitude of basic options that you can use to manage the contents of your web hosting account’s disk space.

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The File Manager will provide you with access to basic features such as:

  • Folder and file creation – if you need to create a new web page or folder on the move then you will be provided with an interface that will allow you to code files on the fly
  • Upload and download files – if you’re away from your main computer and require access to a file that is only stored in your web space then you can download it through the File Manager – this works both ways as it means that you can also upload files
  • Change permissions – every now and then you may need to tweak the permissions on certain files or folders in order to make your web pages and scripts function properly – this isn’t a big issue as cPanel provides you with the option to do this quickly and easily.

In conclusion, cPanel is one of the most feature-rich web hosting control panels available for the Linux platform and provides you with a multitude of options that you can use to effectively manage your Linux web hosting plan, regardless of whether you’re using Linux shared hosting or Linux dedicated hosting. The cPanel control panel is available for a low cost for dedicated web hosting services if you feel that you need a web based control panel to aid you with the management of your web hosting account; as a shared web hosting customer you should be able to expect cPanel access to be provided as standard with your Linux web hosting plan.

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Linux Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Linux hosting services are the most common and popular web hosting services available from most web hosting providers. Linux web hosting packages are generally the cheapest available in most situations, and this helps to make Linux hosting services popular with beginners and those who are looking for web hosting on a budget. Linux web hosting services are usually able to meet the requirements of most users, although in some cases you may need to consider Windows hosting if you have more complex web hosting requirements.

Linux is available with all forms of web hosting that are available, and Linux shared hosting packages are regarded as the most cost effective web hosting solutions available. If you are going to be considering a VPS server or dedicated server then you may be interested in the different distributions of Linux that are available; most versions (or ‘distributions’) of Linux are designed for a specific purpose, and you may find that there is one Linux distribution which is able to meet your requirements much more effectively than any others that are available.

What are the advantages of using Linux hosting?

There can be many advantages to using a Linux hosting service, regardless of whether you are a business or individual requiring web hosting. You will find that the main advantages of using a Linux hosting service include:

  • Cost – Linux hosting packages are generally at the cheaper end of the spectrum, but this does mean that most Linux web hosting packages can offer excellent value for money if you purchase your web hosting services from a reputable web hosting provider
  • Reliable web hosting – Linux hosting services are well known for being highly reliable and in an age where businesses in particular are taking the reliability of a web hosting package seriously it is important for web hosting providers to be able to guarantee high levels of uptime
  • Secure hosting environment – Linux web hosting servers are able to offer one of the most secure web hosting environments available, and if you are going to be handling the personal information of your visitors or customers in any way then it is important that you are able to guarantee them a secure web hosting environment.

In summary, the advantages of using Linux hosting services mean that a Linux web hosting package is able to offer businesses the web hosting environment that they require in order to engage visitor and customer trust, whilst individuals are provided with a web hosting service which will be easy for them to use.

How can a Linux web hosting package benefit me?

A Linux web hosting package will be able to benefit you in many ways, especially if you have never used a web hosting package before and are using your Linux web hosting service for the first time. For most users, a Linux web hosting package will be able to benefit them in the following ways:

  • cPanel hosting – if you choose a Linux web hosting package then the likelihood is that you will be provided with access to the cPanel control panel so that you are able to effectively manage your web hosting account – cPanel web hosting services are amongst the most popular available
  • PHP web hosting – Linux web hosting packages offer you the best hosting environment if you wish to host a website which has been developed using a combination of MySQL and PHP to create a dynamic web application.

The features of your average Linux web hosting package help to ensure that you will be able to make the most of your Linux web hosting service. The features that are available with your chosen Linux web hosting service are entirely dependent on the form of web hosting that you are considering for your requirements as well as your chosen web hosting provider.

In conclusion, Linux hosting services are recommended if you require a basic web hosting package and have no need for a more complex Windows web hosting package. Linux hosting services are available from most web hosting providers which helps to ensure competition and therefore low pricing; however, it is important for you to make sure that you purchase your web hosting services from a hosting provider that can offer you reliable web hosting so that you can be sure that you are receiving good value for money.

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