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How do I login to CPanel?

In order to login to CPanel for your domain type http://yourdomain.com/cpanel or https://youripaddess:2083/ in the address bar of your browser. An SSL certificate warning will pop up. Click Yes. Now, a login box will pop up. Enter the CPanel username/password you were given upon signing up. From there it will log you in to CPanel and you may edit your domains settings.

 

How do I change my login password for CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the top row the 3rd icon to the right is labeled Change Password. Click it.

 

You will be taken to a new page that has 3 boxes labeled as:

 

Old Password:

New Password:

New Password (again):

 

In the Old Password box, enter the current password you use to login with to CPanel.

 

Now, in the New Password box enter the new password that you wish to use to login to CPanel with from now on. Re-enter the same password in the New Password (again) box. Now, click the button labeled as Change your password now!

 

From now on the new password you entered will be what you use to login to CPanel. 

How do I create an Addon domain in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

First of all, what is an addon domain? An addon domain is a domain that is pointed to a subdomain. Before the addon domain will work, you must have it registered with a registrar and set the DNS settings to point to our servers.

 

In the first row of icons, furthest to the right you will see an icon labeled as Addon Domains. Click it.

 

On the next page there will be 3 boxes labeled as:

 

New Domain Name:

Username/directory/subdomain name:

Password:

 

For the box labeled as New Domain Name, this is where you will enter the name of the domain which will be the addon domain.

 

The next line which reads as Username/directory/subdomain name is where the addon domain will be pointing to. So, if the subdomain is sub.domain.com then you will enter sub into this box.

 

Now, in the last box labeled as Password enter the password which will be used to login to the domains settings in CPanel.

 

Lastly, click the button that reads as Add Domain! This will take you to a new page which will tell you that you have successfully created an addon domain. If the domain is already registered with a registrar and the DNS settings are setup correctly then it will be working within 24-72 hours.

 

 

How do I add parked domains to CPanel?

First of all, what is a parked domain? A parked domain is a domain that is added on which points to another domain. It allows you to have multiple domains point to 1 website.

 

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the first row the 4th icon to the right reads as Parked Domains. Click it.

 

On this page you will see a box labeled as New Domain Name. Type the name of the domain that will be pointed to your current domain and then click the Add Domain! button. You will be taken to a page that tells you that you have successfully added the domain. Now, when you go to say domain2.com it will take you to domain.com.

How do I add an FTP account in CPanel?

*This articles assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the second row of CPanel, the first icon on the left is labeled as FTP Manager. Click it.

 

This will take you to a new page where you will see 4 choices. The top choice reads as FTP Accounts. Click it.

 

Now, this will take you to a new screen with a list of all existing FTP accounts for your domain and subdomain(s). You will see a link that reads as Add FTP Account. Click it.

 

This screen has 3 boxes which are labeled as:

 

Login:

Password:

Directory: /home/user/public_html

 

For the login box enter the username in which you will use to login to the FTP account.

 

In the box for Password enter the password that you'll be using to login to the FTP account with. It is best to use a combination of letters and numbers for your password as to make it more secure.

 

Lastly, for the Directory box you have to enter the directory that the FTP account is for. If you want to the FTP account to have access to all domain and subdomain files then leave this box blank. Otherwise, type in the directory which the FTP account will have access to. For example:

 

You have the subdomain sub.domain.com and want to set the FTP account to have access to only this subdomain. In the Directory box enter sub. Now, the account will have access to only the directory for this subdomain.

 

When you are finished entering the required information click the button labeled as Create and you will be taken to a screen which will tell you that you have successfully created a new FTP account and it will display the login information. Your new FTP account is now active.

 

How do I add a anonymous FTP account in CPanel?

*This articles assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the second row of CPanel, the first icon on the left is labeled as FTP Manager. Click it.

 

This will take you to a new page where you will see 4 choices. The second choice down from the top reads as Setup Anonymous FTP Access. Click it.

 

On this page you will see 2 check boxes that read:

 

Allow anonymous access to ftp://ftp.domain.com

Allow anonymous uploads to ftp://ftp.domain.com/incoming

 

Where domain.com would be replaced with the name of your domain. If you just want users to be able to view and download files then check the first box. But if you wish for them to be able to upload files as well then check both boxes.

 

Now, click the button labeled as Save Settings and this will take you to a page saying Updated! Your anonymous FTP is now enabled.

 

*WARNING* Enabling uploads on anonymous FTP accounts can be a security risk, especially if the user has the ability to execute files on the server. Be cautious when enabling this feature.

 

 

How do I set the anonymous FTP message in CPanel?

*This articles assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the second row of CPanel, the first icon on the left is labeled as FTP Manager. Click it.

 

This will take you to a new page where you will see 4 choices. The 3rd choice down reads as Anonymous FTP Message. Click it.

 

On this page you will see an empty box (assuming you do not already have a message set). In this box, type the text that you wish users to see when they login to the anonymous FTP. Once you have done this click the button labeled as Save Message.

 

You will now see a page with the following line:

 

When your visitors connect to your anonymous FTP server, they will see following welcome message:

 

After that line, the text you have entered will be displayed. Now, when users connect to the anonymous FTP they will see this text. 

 

How do I view and/or terminate FTP sessions in CPanel?

*This articles assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

First of all, the way this section of CPanel works is if you want to view the users who are connected to the domain/subdomain via FTP and/or terminate their sessions then it gives you the ability to do so.

 

In the second row of CPanel, the first icon on the left is labeled as FTP Manager. Click it.

 

This will take you to a new page where you will see 4 choices. The 4th choice down reads as FTP Session Control. Click it.

 

On this page it will show a list of all active FTP users if there are currently any and will give you the ability to terminate their FTP session. If there are no FTP users logged in then there's nothing to do here. Click the Go Back button at the bottom of the page to return to the FTP Manager index.

 

What folder do I publish my site to?

Upload all files that you wish to be viewable via the world wide web to /public_html

 

How do I view the web/ftp stats for my domain in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 4th row, 3rd to the right you will see an icon labeled as Web/FTP stats. Click on it.

 

On this page there are several choices. These are:

 

Analog

Webalizer

Urchin Stats

Subdomain Stats

Latest Visitors

Bandwidth

Error Log

 

Analog provides a complete text based statistics page of all the users that have visited your site.

 

Webalizer is a graphics based stats software that shows the complete stats for website.

 

Urchin stats is another software that shows even more detailed graphic statistics for your site.

 

Subdomain stats shows all the detailed statistics for each subdomain.

 

Latest Visitors shows all the recent visitors to your site, which page(s) they went to and which URL they were referred from.

 

Bandwidth shows the bandwidth usage for your domain and all subdomains for that month.

 

Error Log shows a list of error pages people have received from your domain and the URL they received the error at.

 

How do I use the file manager in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the second row of icons the second icon to the right is named File Manager. Click on it.

 

Now, on this screen there will be a list of all files and folders in the main directory. This article will show you several steps on how to use the various features in the file manager.

 

Adding a new folder: Towards the top of the file manager you will see a folder icon with the following text in bold print; Create New Folder. Click on it. On the right side of the page a box will appear where you can type in the name of the new folder you are about to create. Type in the name and then click on the button labeled as Create. Upon clicking the create button you will see the text Created foldername in /home/user where foldername is the new name of the folder you just created .

 

Your folder is now accessible and will appear in the list of files and folders.

 

Uploading files: There is a arrow icon with the following text in bold; Upload File(s). Click on it.

 

On this screen you will see 12 boxes all with buttons labeled as Browse across from them. Click the Browse button, find the file you wish to upload on your hard drive and double click on it. This will take you back to the screen with the boxes except now you will see the full path to the file you have chosen to upload in the box. Repeat this step for any other files you wish to upload.

 

Once you have finished choosing which files you wish to upload you will notice a line that says; Overwrite existing files: next to a check box. If any of the files you are uploading are already on the server (i.e. uploading newer versions of the file) then check this box. If not then you may leave this box unchecked. Now, click on the button labeled as Upload. This will take you back to the main screen. On the right it will show the upload status of the files. You have no successfully uploaded your files.

 

Modifying the settings of a folder: First, choose the file/folder that you wish to modify the permissions on. For example, if you wish to modify the permissions for the folder Test find this folder in the list. Now, click on the name of the folder and not the folder icon. Once you have done so, on the right side you will see several options. These are:

 

Delete this folder and all files under it

Rename this folder

Change Permissions

Move this folder

Copy this folder

 

If you wish to completely remove the folder and all files stored within it then click on the first option. The page will refresh and show the file as gone while on the right side it will show the file with an arrow pointing to a trash bin indicating that it has been deleted.

 

Should you want to rename the folder click on the link that reads as Rename this folder. A box will appear where you can type the new name of the folder. After typing the new name, click on the button labeled as Rename. The page will refresh and the folders name will now be changed.

 

If for any reason you wish to change the permissions on a folder click on the link that reads Change Permissions. Several catagories will appear with 3 rows of check boxes under each. They are as follows:

 

Mode User Group World

Read

Write

Execute

Permission

 

Each script has it's own permissions that are required in order for it to work. You must set the permissions on the folder accordingly. If you already know the exact number (755 or 777 for example) then you may simply type each digit into the 3 boxes across from Permission.

 

Moving a folder: If you wish to move a folder, first click on the name of the folder you are going to move. On the right side of the page, the folder options will appear. Click on the link that reads Move this folder. The page will refresh and you will be able to select the folder on the left side of the page where you desire to move the folder. When you find the folder that you want to move the other folder to then click on the name of the folder, not the icon and the folder will be moved there.

 

Copying a folder: Should you desire to copy a folder to another location first click on the folder name. On the right side of the page the folder options will appear. Click on the text that reads Copy this folder. The left side of the page will refresh and you may choose where to copy the folder to. When you have found the folder that you wish to copy the selected folder to, click on the name of that folder. The page will refresh and on the right side it will show the folder being copied. 

 

How do I view the diskspace used in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In order to view the diskspace used for your domain(s), go to the second row and click on the 3rd icon to the right which reads as Disk Usage.

 

On this screen you will see a list of all the folders and the diskspace used in each folder. There are also several buttons which can change what is displayed. These buttons are:

 

Show Parent Directories

Show More Directory Depth

Show Less Directory Depth

Show Top Level

Clear File Usage Cache

Hide Small Files

Show File Sizes as Bytes

 

Clicking on any of these buttons will modify what you see and don't see for the directories. Clicking on any of the directories will show you the contents of each on a new page. In order to return to the summary page click the button labeled as Show Top Level.

 

How do I backup my website in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 2nd row, 4th to the right you will see an icon labeled as Backup. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see several links and 3 boxes. The link you want to click on is Generate/Download a Full Backup. This will take you to a new page.

 

Now, in this page you will see several boxes marked as:

 

Backup Destination:

Email Address:

Remote Server (ftp/scp only):

Remote User (ftp/scp only):

Remote Password (ftp/scp only):

 

The backup destination is where the backup file will be sent. You may choose from: Home Directory, Remote FTP Server, Remote FTP Server (passive mode transfer). If you choose to upload the backup to a remote FTP server and the FTP on that server is behind a firewall then you want to choose the 3rd option.

 

Email Address is the email address where the results of the backup will be sent to as well as a link to download it.

 

Remote Server is the server where the backup will be loaded to. Only use this if you have chosen something besides the home directory.

 

Remote User is the username for the FTP account on the remote server.

 

Remote Password is the password for the FTP account on the remote server.

 

When you have entered the required information click on the button labeled as Generate Backup. This will take you to a page where it will perform the backup. At the bottom left of your browser it will say Done once the backup is complete. You now have a full backup of your website.

 

 

How do I restore a backup in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 2nd row, 4th to the right you will see an icon labeled as Backup. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see several links and 3 boxes.

 

Restoring a Home Directory: Click on the browse button across from the box labeled as Restore a Home Backup. This will open a box where you can browse your hard drive for the backup file. Once you have located it on your hard drive double click it. The box will now have the path to the file in it. Click on the button labeled as Upload. This will take you to a new page and the restoration process will ensue.

 

Restoring a SQL Database: In the 2nd box down marked as Restore an SQL DB click on the Browse button. This will open a box where you can browse your hard drive for the SQL database. Once you have located it, double click on it. The box will now show the path to the file. Click on the Upload button and you will be taken to a new page where the restoration process will ensue.

 

Restoring an Alias/Filter Backup: The 3rd box down is labeled as Restore an Alias/Filter Backup. Click on the Browse button across from the box. Browse your hard drive for the Alias/Filter backup file. Once you have located it, double click on the file. The full path to the file will show in the box. Now, click on Upload and you will be taken to a new page where the restoration process will ensue.

 

 

How do I preview my site before my domain name has propogated?

If you wish to preview your site before your domain name has propagated then simply type the following

 

http://servers' IP address/~username

 

Replacing "servers' IP addresss" with the numerical address and username with those listed in your sign up email

How do I password protect a directory in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the second row, 5th to the right you will see an icon labeled as Password Protect Directories. Click on it.

On this page there is a list of all the folders in your home directory. Find the folder or sub-folder that you wish to add password protection to. Once you have done so, click on the name of the folder (not the folder icon) and this will take you to a new page.

Now, you will see the following:

Folder requires a password to access via http://

Protected Resource Name:

Username:

Password:

If you wish for all users that attempt to access any of the files in that directory to be required to have a password then click the check box across from Folder requires a password to access via http://

For Protected Resource Name, enter the name of the directory you'll be protecting.

Now, enter the username and password that will be required to access this directory. You can add multiple username/password's if you wish. Once you have done that, click on the Add New User

button and you will be taken to a confirmation page telling you that the directory now has a user added. From now on the only way to access it will be to use the username and password.

Why Use Password Protection?

Using the Protect Directories option, you can limit the amount of access users have to your site. You can specify a username and  password for the directory you are protecting. Each protected directory can have multiple users (each with different passwords if you prefer) who have access to it. Additionally, the Protect  Directories option can be used to remove a user's access from a protected directory.

Note: In order to use the Protect Directories option, the  Microsoft FrontPage Extensions option must be disabled. If it is enabled, then you must use your version of Microsoft FrontPage to protect the directories. If the Microsoft FrontPage Extensions  option is enabled, you will not have access to the Protect Directories option and will see an error message if you try to access it.

If you want to grant only select users access to a particular  directory on your site, you can set up protection on that directory by using one user name and one password. Then, if someone requests access to files in that directory, you can give  that user the corresponding user name and password.

Alternately, you can set up unique user names and passwords for each user who request access to the protected directory.  Though more time consuming, this method would be more secure.


Removing a User's Access to a Protected Directory

Once a directory has been protected for a particular user name/ password combination, that combination can be removed at any  time from the list of usernames that have access to the directory.

To Remove a User's Access to a Protected Directory:

1. From your Control Panel, select the Protect Directories option.  The Directory Protection Manager displays.

2. Choose the directory you would like to protect from the Directory field drop-down list.

3. Make sure the correct directory is displayed. Select the Load button. The screen changes displaying additional available fields. The list of user ID's which currently have access to the  protected directory are displayed in the User List section of the screen.

4. In the Remove section of the screen, choose the appropriate  user from the User ID field drop-down list. Select the Remove button to remove the user.

5. The screen reappears and the User ID you just removed is no  longer on the User List section of the screen.

Removing All Protection from a Directory

To remove all protection from a specific directory, use the same  procedure as outlined above (in the section entitled "Removing a User's Access to a Protected Directory") for every user name in the user list. Once all user names have been removed, the  protection on the directory is removed as well.
 
More information on directory protection

How do I make custom error pages in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 3rd row, 1st to the left there is an icon labeled as Error Pages. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see a list of HTTP errors. These are:

 

400

401

403

404

500

 

Click on the one you wish to modify. This will take you to a new page. On this page you will see an empty box with several buttons above it. These buttons are:

 

Refering URL

Visitor's IP Address

Requested URL

Server Name

User's Browser

Status Code

 

These are all pre-made tags which when you click on the button will insert the designated tag into the box. You can use these buttons to assist you in creating the custom error page.

 

Once you have finished creating your error page, choose what name to save it under at the bottom of the page and then click the Save button. This will take you to a new page that says Saved! Your customer error page will now be seen when visitors receieve that error on your site.

 

 

How do I add a subdomain in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 3rd row, 2nd to the right there is an icon labeled as Subdomains. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see a list of all currently existing subdomain's should there be any. There is a box which has a .domain.com next to it. This is the domain which you will be creating the subdomain for. Or, you may create a subdomain on a subdomain. Choose the name for the subdomain and then click on Add. You will be taken to a new page where it will tell you that your subdomain has been added.

 

If you wish to setup re-direction for a subdomain then choose which subdomain you wish to re-direct and then click on the Setup Redirection button.

 

On this page you will see a box with http:// in it. Type in the URL where the subdomain will be re-directed to. Now, click on the Save button. This will take you to a new page telling you that the re-direction has been added.

 

To remove a re-direction, choose the 3rd box down. Select the subdomain that is currently being re-directed from the drop down box and then click on the button labeled as Remove Redirection. You will be then taken to a new page telling you that the re-direction has been removed.

 

To completely delete a subdomain, click on the 4th drop down box at the bottom of the page and select the subdomain. Then, click on the button labeled as Delete. You will be taken to a new page telling you that the subdomain has been deleted.

 

 

How do I add a re-direct in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 4th row, 1st to the left there is an icon labeled as Redirects. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see the following:

 

http://domain.com/ >>> http://

 

There is a drop down box underneath with two choices. These are temporary and Permanent. In the first box, type the name of the page that will be re-directed. For example: http://domain.com/new.html. In the second box, type the address that the page will be re-directed to.

 

Once you have done that, choose whether this will be temporary or permanent in the drop down box. Now, click on the button labeled as Add. This will take you to a new page telling you that your re-direct has been added.

 

If you wish to remove a re-direct, on the same page select the redirect in the drop down box labeled as Remove Redirect. Once you have done so click on the button labeled as Remove. This will take you to a new page telling you that the re-direct has been removed.

 

 

How do I enable frontpage extensions in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 4th row, 2nd to the right you will see an icon labeled as Frontpage Extensions. Click on it.

 

On this page there are two buttons. These are:

 

Install Extensions

Cleanup Old Extensions

 

Click on the button labeled as Install Extensions. This will take you to a new page telling you that the frontpage extensions have been installed. 

How do I submit my website to search engines in CPanel?

*This article assumes you are already logged into CPanel*

 

In the 5th row, 3rd to the right there is an icon labeled as Search Engine Submit. Click on it.

 

On this page you will see several check boxes with a list of search engines. Choose any or all of them in which to submit your website to. There are several other boxes listed as follows:

 

URL

Comments

Keywords

Language

Country

Category

 

In the URL box type the URL for the website you're submitting.

 

In the comments box, type your comments about the domain and anything else you can think of to properly describe it.

 

For keywords, type in single words seperated by a comma. These will be triggered when people do a search in a search engine. The more words and the more specific the words are the more likely your domain will be shown.

 

For language, choose the language the website is written in.

 

In the country box choose the country the website is based on/in.

 

In the category box choose which subject your website is related to.

 

Once you have filled out all the required information click on the button labeled as Submit. This will take you to a new page where all your information will be sent to search engines. You may then view the submission. Once you are done your website will then be listed in all the search engines you have submitted it to.

 

 

 

 

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