Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Hosting

This tutorial provides an overview of the benefits of using cPanel to manage your WordPress web hosting.

cPanel Overview For WordPress UsersThis tutorial is part of our WordPress installation and WordPress configuration step-by-step training, where we show you how to install and configure a WordPress site or blog on your own domain with no coding skills required.

Whether you choose to host your website using a shared hosting account or to host on a dedicated server, you need some way to configure emails for your domain name, manage your server applications, and monitor your server’s resources. This is especially important if you lack the technical skills of a webmaster or IT manager.

This is where a web hosting application like cPanel can play a central role in helping you manage your digital presence.

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Hosting

cPanel is a powerful and simple-to-use web hosting management software application that gives website owners the ability to quickly and easily manage their servers and websites using a simple and intuitive dashboard.

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Having access to a hosting environment that offers cPanel will make managing your WordPress site a whole lot easier. cPanel lets you easily take care of certain things yourself without hiring technical experts (like setting up emails for your business). If you host with a good company, you can also ask for support and assistance with most things.

Useful Information

cPanel typically comes with built-in get started help wizards and basic video tutorials on using cPanel that can be accessed directly from your web hosting account’s control area …

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(cPanel Video Tutorials)

Providing comprehensive training on using all the features of cPanel to easily manage your WordPress site’s web hosting is beyond the scope of our tutorials. For comprehensive step-by-step training on using cPanel, we recommend downloading these how to use cPanel video tutorials.

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Once you are logged into your cPanel area, you can access help documentation by clicking on the ‘Help’ icon …

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Additional cPanel Help & Support

help For additional support and tutorials on using cPanel and managing your server, contact your web hosting company’s technical support department. To access the official cPanel documentation for website owners, visit the site below:

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Useful Info

Note: Newer versions of cPanel may look different than the version shown in these tutorials.

Choosing A Web Hosting Company That Offers cPanel

Choosing a reliable web hosting company that offers the cPanel application will help you manage your WordPress site more easily …

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Site

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help For companies that provide reliable web hosting with cPanel access and great technical support, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Choose A Great Webhosting Company For Your WordPress Site

cPanel Feature Glossary

Refer to the list below if you need help understanding some of the more commonly used features of cPanel:

Change cPanel Style

This feature lets you change the overall look and feel of cPanel to suit your personal taste. cPanel typically comes with several pre-installed styles you can choose from …

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(cPanel – Change Styles)

Email Accounts

This area lets you manage the email accounts associated with your domain(s) …

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(cPanel Email Accounts)

help To learn more about the ‘Email Accounts’ section, watch the video below and see this tutorial:

redarrow How To Create An Email For Your Domain In cPanel

Webmail

Webmail lets you check your email using a web browser (instead of a desktop mail application such as Outlook Express). This means that you can access your email online from any location using a web browser …

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Note: If using webmail, make sure to log out after accessing your email on public computers to prevent other people reading your email.

SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin is an automated email filtering system that attempts to identify spam messages based on the content of the email’s headers and body …

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(cPanel Mail – SpamAssassin)

Email Forwarders

Forwarders let you to send a copy of all mail from one email address to another …

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(cPanel Mail Forwarding)

For example, if you have two different email accounts tim@yourdomain.com and timothy@yourdomain.com, you can set up email forwarding so that all mail sent to tim@yourdomain.com is automatically forwarded to timothy@yourdomain.com, saving you the time and hassle of having to check both accounts.

Alternatively, you can use email forwarding for different departments of your company. For example, you can set up email forwarding so that all mail sent to support@yourdomain.com goes to the personal email address of a staff member or outsourced customer support person. This way, if the person leaves, you can easily change the destination forwarding email without making changes to your website.

Email Auto Responders

Autoresponders can be used to automatically send a message or reply back to anyone who emails a certain account. This feature is useful if you are on vacation or unavailable, if you have a generic message that you would like to send out to anyone who emails your support email address, or even for sending out download or access links to PDF reports, bonuses, videos, price lists, etc.

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help To learn how to use autoresponders for email marketing, newsletters, and list-building, see the tutorial below:

redarrow Email Marketing With WordPress: Using Autoresponders

MX Entry Maintenance

An MX (mail exchanger) entry tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. You can use the MX Entry Maintenance function to change where a domain’s email is delivered to. This lets you have email from one domain delivered to another domain.

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(cPanel MXEntry)

Note: Changing your MX entry changes your site’s DNS record for MX.

Backups

Backups allow you to download (to your computer) a zipped copy of either your entire site (including your home directory, databases, email forwarders configuration, and email filters configuration) or one of the previously mentioned parts of your site …

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Note: These are not automatically scheduled backups. Automatically scheduled backups need to be enabled by the server owner/administrator.

help To learn more about performing WordPress backups using cPanel, see the tutorial section below:

redarrow How To Back Up Your WordPress Database Using cPanel’s Backup Wizard

Disk Usage Viewer

The cPanel Disk Usage Viewer provides an overview of the disk space that your account is using. You can use the viewer to view all of the files in your site and find out how much space each file takes up. It shows disk usage totals for your account’s directories and all of its databases rather than for individual files or databases.

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(cPanel Files – Disk Space Usage)

Note: Use the File Manager feature to see disk usage data for individual files, and the MySQL main page to see data for individual databases.

FTP Management

The FTP features of cPanel allow you to manage access to your web site’s files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) …

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Note: You will need a third party FTP program to access your files.

help To learn more about using FTP to transfer files to and from your computer and server, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To FTP Files To Your Server Using Filezilla

Password Protect Directories

This option will allow you to require a username and password to access a folder or folders from the web. This can be very useful when you need to limit access to a certain part of your site …

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(cPanel Security – Password Protect Directories)

help To learn about protecting content inside posts and pages in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Protect Content In WordPress Posts And Pages

IP Deny Manager

This feature will allow you to block a range of IP addresses to prevent them from accessing your site. You can also enter a fully qualified domain name, and the IP Deny Manager will attempt to resolve it to an IP address for you …

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(cPanel Security – IP Deny Manager)

HotLink Protection

Hotlink protection prevents other websites from directly linking to files on your website. Other sites will still be able to link to any file type that you don’t specify (ie. HTML files) …

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(cPanel Security – HotLink Protection)

An example of hotlinking would be using a <img> tag to display an image from your site from somewhere else on the net. The end result is that the other site is stealing your bandwidth.

Note: The system attempts to add all sites it knows you own to the list; however, you may need to add others.

Leech Protection

Leech Protect allows you to prevent your users from giving out or publicly posting their passwords to a restricted area of your site. This feature will redirect accounts which have been compromised to a URL of your choice (and suspend them, if you choose) …

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(cPanel Security – Leech Protect)

help To learn more about server security, see the tutorial below:

redarrow Webhosting Security

PHP Extensions and Applications Package Installer

PEAR packages are collections of functions that allow you to perform tasks in PHP …

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(cPanel PHP PEAR Packages)

Note: You will need to install a PEAR package before you can use it inside a PHP program.

MySQL Management

MySQL manager allows you to create / drop databases, add / remove users …

cPanel - Databases

(cPanel Databases)

help To learn more about MYSQL database management for WordPress, see the tutorial section below:

redarrow WordPress Database Management

phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a popular open-source program used to manage MySQL databases …

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(cPanel Databases – phpMyAdmin)

help To learn more about using phpMyAdmin with WordPress, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Back Up Your WordPress Database Using phpMyAdmin

Image Manager

The Image Manager allows you to view and modify images in your account. You can change the size of your images, convert their file types, or just view them …

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(cPanel Image Manager)

Index Manager

The Index Manager allows you to customize the way a directory will be viewed on the web. You can select between a default style, no indexes, or two types of indexing …

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(cPanel Index Manager)

Note: If you do not want people to be able to see the files in your directory, choose “No Indexing” when using this feature.

Cron Jobs

Cron jobs allow you to automate certain commands or scripts on your site. You can set a command or script to run at a specific time every day, week, etc. For example, you could set a cron job to delete temporary files every week so that your disk space is not being used up by those files …

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(cPanel Cron jobs)

Network Tools

Network Tools allow a user to find out information about any domain, or to trace the route from the server your site is on to the computer you are accessing cPanel from.

  • The Domain Lookup tool allows you to find out the IP address of any domain, as well as DNS information about that domain. This can be a very useful tool right after your site is set up or after DNS changes have been made to make sure your DNS is setup properly.
  • Trace Route allows you to trace the route from the computer you are accessing cPanel from to the server your site is on (i.e. the number of servers and what servers your data must pass through to get to your site) …

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(cPanel Network Tools)

Hopefully, the above information has given you enough of an overview of cPanel. For detailed video tutorials on using cPanel features, go here.

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Hosting

(Easily manage your WordPress hosting with cPanel)

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WordPress Maintenance Checklist

Use this WordPress maintenance checklist to help you perform a complete WordPress maintenance routine.

WordPress Maintenance ChecklistThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, we provide a WordPress maintenance checklist to help you perform a complete WordPress maintenance routine.

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WordPress Maintenance Checklist – Putting It All Together

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If you have followed our WordPress Maintenance Tutorials where we break down each step of the WordPress maintenance process and show you how to perform each task in logical sequence, then it’s time to put it all together.

In this section, you will learn how to put the entire WordPress maintenance sequence together, and download a practical checklist that you can print and follow to help you perform a complete WordPress site maintenance routine.

WordPress Maintenance Checklist

Use the checklist below to complete your WordPress site maintenance:

 Maintenance StepCommentsTutorials

Log into your WordPress site and go to your dashboard

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Check if WordPress version, plugins, or themes need updatingDon't do this until you backup your site!

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Check & repair broken links

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Delete comment SPAMDon't add SPAM to your backup files

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Delete unwanted media filesDo this every few months

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Log into your hosting accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.

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Optimize and back up your WordPress databaseIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.

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Backup your WordPress filesIf not using automated backup tools, zip the folder containing both the WordPress files and the SQL data file.

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Upload backup files to secure offline storage accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.

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Go back into your WordPress Admin

Upgrade WordPress to latest versionOnly if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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Update your WordPress plugins (deactivate/remove unused plugins)Only if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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Update your WordPress theme(s) (remove unused themes)Only if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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Log out and test site to make sure everything works ok.

Your WordPress site maintenance is done.
Errors or Problems? Try this ...

Troubleshoot Errors(If required)

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Restore WordPress Data(If required)

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Reinstall WordPress Site(If required)

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Download The WordPress Maintenance Checklist

WordPress Maintenance Process – Video Walkthrough

The video below walks you through a complete WordPress maintenance routine performed live on a WordPress site.

Important

As this video was created using an older version of WordPress, the maintenance routine uses manual methods to backup WordPress data and upgrade the WordPress software and plugins. Use the automated backup and upgrade methods we recommend in our tutorials to perform the maintenance process significantly faster.

Congratulations, you have completed our WordPress maintenance tutorials! You should now be able to perform a regular WordPress maintenance routine on your website or blog in just a few minutes and keep your site, plugins, themes, data and files fully up-to-date and backed up.

WordPress Maintenance

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How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is Running

Learn how to quickly tell what version of PHP your server is using.

How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is RunningThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this short tutorial, you will learn how to quickly determine what version of PHP your server is running from your cPanel account.

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How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is Running

When you are managing a website or trying to install a new application, there may be times when you (or your web developer) need to know what PHP version your server is running.

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Note: If you are not running a server that uses cPanel, then simply ask your host provider, or use the alternate method provided at the end of this tutorial.

How To Determine The PHP Version Of Your Server Using cPanel

To determine the PHP version of your current WordPress installation, log into your cPanel account …

cPanel Login Screen

Once you have logged into the control panel area, click the ‘expand stats’ link at the bottom of the sidebar menu …

PHP Version

Scroll down the expanded stats sections until you find the ‘PHP version’ number. In the screenshot below, the PHP version is “5.3.28” …

PHP Version

Determine Your Server’s PHP Version – Alternate Method

Here is an alternate method you can use to determine the PHP version of your server.

Open a new, blank text file, and type in the code show below (or just download the file we provide for you at the end of this tutorial) …

PHP Version

You will need to save the file as ‘phpinfo.php’, as shown below …

PHP Version

When saving the file, make sure to choose ‘Save as type: All Files’ as shown in the example below …

PHP Version

After saving the file, upload it to the root directory of your server, either using FTP or via cPanel’s File Manager …

PHP Version

After the file has been uploaded to your server, open up a new browser window and type in the URL address pointing to the file you have just uploaded, e.g. …

PHP Version

A page with technical information will display on your screen, with the current PHP version of your server displayed at the top of the page, as shown in the screenshot below …

PHP Version Information

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Congratulations! Now you know how to determine the PHP version of your server.

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