Guide on How to Use cPanel.

Different cPanel installations include different features, but the good news is that it’s fairly easy to navigate and familiarize yourself with each section. Once you log in, you typically see some metrics that track your resource usage, i.e., available storage space, CPU and memory usage. These indicators can help you monitor the overall performance of your website.

After reviewing your website’s performance, you can move onto examining various modules. Below, you can find an overview of the most common cPanel modules.

Files

These modules allow you to upload and manage files via cPanel without using an FTP client. You can also configure privacy levels, back up files and more.

Common modules include:

  • Backup
  • Backup Wizard
  • Directory Privacy
  • Disk Usage
  • File Manager
  • FTP Accounts
  • FTP Connections
  • Images
  • Web Disk

Preferences

Here you can customize the look and feel of your cPanel to best suit your needs.

Common modules include:

  • Change Language
  • Change Primary Domain
  • Getting Started Wizard
  • Resource Manager
  • Shortcuts
  • Update Contact Info
  • Video Tutorials

Databases

If your website is using a content management system (CMS), it will also use a database to store records, settings, and other data. This section is dedicated to database management.

Common modules include:

  • MySQL Database Wizard
  • MySQL Databases
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Remote MySQL

Web applications

This usually means that your cPanel installation allows you to install various kinds of software. This section includes everything, from blogs and portals to CMSs and forums.

Main modules include:

  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress

Domains

It’s fairly common for webmasters to use a single hosting account for multiple websites or set up subdomains and redirects. Here is where you can do it all and more.

Common modules include:

  • Addon Domains
  • Aliases
  • DNS Manager
  • Website Preview
  • Redirects
  • Subdomains

Metrics

If you are running a website, you know the importance of performance monitoring. This is where the metrics and statistics’ modules come in handy. They provide valuable insights that can aid you in making website-related decisions.

Common modules include:

  • Awstats
  • Bandwidth
  • CPU and Concurrent Connection Usage
  • Errors
  • Raw Access
  • Visitors
  • Webalizer
  • Webalizer FTP

Security

Security is important for most webmasters, especially if they are storing sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords or financial information. This module will help you monitor key security parameters to keep your hosting account safe and secure.

Common modules include:

  • Hotlink Protection
  • IP Blocker
  • Leech Protection
  • SSH Access
  • SSL/TLS

Software

In this section, the modules mostly deal with PHP and Perl, so if you are a more advanced user, you’d find it useful.

Common modules include:

  • Softaculpis Apps Installer
  • Optimize Website
  • Perl Modules
  • PHP PEAR Packages
  • Select PHP Version

Advanced

These settings would interest advanced users.

Common modules include:

  • Apache Handlers
  • Cron Jobs
  • Error Pages
  • Indexes
  • MIME Types
  • Track DNS

Email

Not all web hosting packages include email, but if yours includes both email and cPanel, you can manage all your email accounts here.

Common modules include:

  • Address Importer
  • Apache SpamAssassin
  • Autoresponders
  • Default Address
  • Email Wizard
  • Encryption
  • Forwarders
  • Global Email Filters
  • MX Entry
  • Track Delivery
  • User Filters