C-Panel Overview

C-Panel Overview

You are moving along smartly in having your website up and running.   Now it’s time to actually start creating your site. To do this you will next need to understand one of the most common sets of tools that are used on the internet today.  It is called the C-Panel.

Now it is time once again to look at the email your hosting service provider sent you.  You’ll need to find the url to the c-panel, your user ID, and your password.  Usually the URL will be http://www.your-domain.com/cpanel and a log-in box will appear.  Fill in your User Identification and Password and click the log-in button.

This video has been provided by my friend, Steve King
Steve and I trained together in Internet Marketing

 

Now you are in the c-panel.  This contains your site information in the left column and also tracks your “Frequently Accessed Areas” and all of your basic “Website Statistics.”

The tools are in the main column separated by categories.  All of the tools have video showing the process of what each tool does, so I will not go into great detail here.  But key tools I will go over.  Be sure to look at each c-panel options and use these tools to help build and manage your website.

Preferences

This is a great place to begin.  You can look at the getting started video or other training videos, change your password, update your contact information, choose between several themes for your c-panel look, change the language within the c-panel, and create your own short cut links to access things fast.

Mail

Set up an email for yourself like admin@yoursitename.com and then go to your email service provider and set up a POP account to receive all your official business mail at home though your email service.

You can also set up autoresponders, create mailing lists, forwarders and all sorts of things here.

Files

The files area allows you to “handle” all your files needs.  You can do backups to your site information that is on the server, manages all your files, manage your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) accounts, and access your server space (web disk).

Logs

Here you’ll find all sorts of stats tools.  The one that I use all the time in here (at least once per week) is the Awstats tool.  I have several websites and I can check each of them at a click of the button.  I can find out who visited, what page they went to, how long they spent…you get the idea, all the stuff you need to improve your business and re-enforce all you hard work.

Security

Yep, a lot of free tools to secure your online data.  The tools I use the most in this area is “Password Protect Directories.  This is a great way to protect your digital products that you are selling or giving away through your site.

Domains

The domain area is really nice if you’re doing a lot with your domain names.  You can have several domain names set up for future sites which you can find under Parked Domains.  When you are ready to use one of them, you can go to Sub-Domains and set up your site in minutes.

Databases

I personally don’t use this area at all.  The only databases I use are created automatically when I load Word Press.  Each Word Press site uses one database to store data.

Software/Services

There are a lot of options in this area to do almost anything you want to accomplish.  However, if you are using WP, the one thing you want to know about is “Fantastico De Luxe.”  This is where you’ll find several tools for Blogs, Classifieds, Content Management, Customer Relationships, E-commerce…you get the idea.  But the key thing is, this is where you load Word Press to your domain space.

Advanced

These are tools for webmasters that need to accomplish complicated options for specific functions that clients need to fulfill their businesses.  All of these very powerful tools are available for your use also.

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