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How to backup your website in cPanel

How to backup your website in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to backup our website.

Click the Backup Wizard icon.

This is the main backup screen where you can backup, or restore the files in your hosting account.

To backup your website, click the Backup button.

You have the option of only backing up part of your account…

… or generating a full backup, which we’ll do now. Click the Full Backup button.

Select the destination, then click Generate Backup.

That’s it! We’ve just created a full backup to the home directory.

To download a copy of the backup to your computer, simply click it’s link.

That’s all there is to it!

Restoring files is just as easy. Click the Backup Wizard icon again.

Then click the Restore button.

Choose what type of restore you want to do… in this case, let’s restore the Home Directory.

Locate the Home Directory backup…

Then click Upload.

The files have been restored!

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create a backup in cPanel, and restore files from a backup.

How to add an MX entry in cPanel

How to add an MX entry in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to add an MX entry.

Click the MX Entry icon.

Setting a custom MX entry is useful if you want your email handled by another server, or if you want to setup a backup email server.

Enter a priority number for the new MX record: the lower priority numbers will be tried first, followed by higher numbers.

Then enter the new MX entry.

Click Add New Record.

That’s it! The new MX record has been added.

So in this case, the default mybiz1234.com mail server will be tried first because it has a priority of 0…

… followed by the new email server mx1.myexchange.com, because its priority number is 1.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to add an MX entry in cPanel.

How to add a record with the DNS Zone Editor in cPanel

How to add a record with the DNS Zone Editor in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to add an A record with the DNS Zone Editor.

Click the Simple Zone Editor icon.

Select the domain you want to edit.

Then enter the A Record, followed by the IP address you want it to point to.

Click Add a Record.

That’s it! We’ve successfully added an A Record to our domain.

Which is also where you can click to delete the record when it’s no longer needed.

You can see the new record listed here at the bottom…

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to add and remove records with the DNS Zone Editor.

How to use webmail from within cPanel

How to use webmail from within cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to use webmail to access our email from within cPanel.

Click the Email Accounts icon.

To access webmail for the main account, you would use this link… but we’re not going to do this because we want to access webmail for a specific account.

Instead, click the More drop down box for the email account you wish to access.

Then click Access Webmail.

This is the Horde webmail main screen, where we can check our inbox…

… and compose a New Message.

We’re not going to get into the specifics of using Horde’s webmail… just know that this is how you access and manage your emails from within cPanel.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to access your webmail from within cPanel.

How to create custom error pages in cPanel

How to create custom error pages in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to create custom error pages.

Click the Error Pages icon.

This is where you create your custom error page… and you can include one or more tags to further customize the page.

When finished, click Save.

That’s it! The custom 404 error page has been created.

You can customize the other error pages as well… but you don’t have to… all accounts come preset with standard error pages.

There are several different error pages you can customize. Let’s customize the 404 error page.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create custom error pages in cPanel.

How to create an email account in cPanel

How to create an email account in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s create a new email account.

Click the Email Accounts icon.

Enter the email address you want to create, and assign it a password.

Set a mailbox quota for the account if you wish.

Then click Create Account.

That’s it! The new email account has been successfully created.

From the Email Accounts screen you can access webmail for the account, change its password, change the quota, or even delete the account.

You can also create additional email accounts.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create email accounts in cPanel.

How to create an addon domain in cPanel

How to create an addon domain in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to create an addon domain.

Click the Addon Domains icon.

This is the addon domains page, where you can setup additional domain names that point to subdomains of your account.

Enter the new domain name…

Then enter a username.

Enter and confirm a password, then click Add Domain.

That’s it! The addon domain has been created.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create addon domains in cPanel.

How to use the Index Manager in cPanel

How to use the Index Manager in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to use the Index Manager.

Click the Indexes icon.

The Index Manager enables you to control how directories on your website are displayed.

If there is no index.html file in a given directory, the contents of that directory will be listed in a browser. This can cause security issues.

With Index Manager, you can set your account up to not allow your directory contents to be shown.

Let’s setup Index Manager for the clients directory.

There are four settings to choose from.

Since we do not want the contents of this directory shown, we’ll choose the No Indexing option.

That’s it! The index settings have been updated, and visitors can no longer view the contents of the clients directory.

It’s just as easy to switch back to the default setting.

The Default System Setting allows the directory contents to be shown.

No Indexing does not allow directory contents to be shown.

Standard Indexing prevents browsers from viewing contents of directories that do not contain image files.

… and Fancy Indexing prevents browsers from viewing contents of directories that do contain image files.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup index directory protection for any of your directories.

How to use the IP Blocker in cPanel

How to use the IP Blocker in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to use the IP Blocker.

Click the IP Blocker icon.

Enter an IP address or range you would like to block, then click Add.

That’s it! We’ve now blocked anyone using the IP address from accessing our website.

You can see which IP addresses are currently being blocked.

… and you can remove IP blocks by clicking here.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to block IP addresses from accessing your website.

How to use the Disk Space Usage tool in cPanel

How to use the Disk Space Usage tool in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to use the Disk Space Usage tool.

Click the Disk Usage icon.

From here you can see how much storage space is being used by each directory and sub-directory in your account.

At the bottom of the page is a collapsable list of directories.

Clicking on a plus sign will expand the directory revealing the specific files and folders within.

Clicking an actual folder name…

… will launch File Manager, showing the contents of that folder.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to use the Disk Space Usage tool to see a breakdown of where all your files are stored.

You can choose to sort the folders by name, or by disk usage.

How to create additional FTP accounts in cPanel

How to create additional FTP accounts in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to setup additional FTP accounts.

Click the FTP Accounts icon.

To create a new FTP account, enter a new login and password.

Then click Create FTP Account.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create additional FTP accounts in cPanel.

That’s it! The new FTP account has been created.

You can then change the FTP account’s password, quota, or delete the account.

How to create a subdomain in cPanel

How to create a subdomain in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to create a subdomain.

Click the Subdomains icon.

Enter the prefix of your new subdomain.

A directory name the same as your subdomain prefix will automatically appear… although you can change this if you want.

Click the Create button.

That’s it! A new subdomain has been created.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create subdomains in cPanel.

Make sure the domain name your subdomain will be associated with is selected.

A new folder called clients has also been created, which is where you would upload files for this subdomain.

How to create a MySQL database in cPanel

How to create a MySQL database in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to create a MySQL database.

Click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.

Enter a name for the new database, then click Next Step.

Now we have to create a user for this database. Enter a username and create a password, then click Create User.

Click the All Privileges check box, then click Next Step.

That’s it! My MySQL database has been created, and the new user added to the database. The database name, username and password will all be needed for scripts that need to connect to the database.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create and setup MySQL databases.

How to create a domain alias in cPanel

How to create a domain alias in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to create a domain alias.

Click the Aliases icon.

A domain alias is useful when you have additional domain names that you want people to be able to use to get to your website.

Enter the new domain, then click Add Domain.

That’s it! Now when someone browses to mybiz123.info, they’ll automatically be redirected to mybiz1234.com.

Be sure to set your domain alias’s DNS settings to the same as your main domain, so the redirection will work properly.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create a domain alias from cPanel.

How to change your cPanel style

How to change your cPanel style

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to change cPanel’s style.

Click the Change Style icon.

Changing your control panel style does not change any functionality, only the way it looks.

That’s it! As you can see, the look of our control panel has changed.

To change it back, simply repeat the process.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to change the style of your cPanel control panel.

How to change your cPanel password

How to change your cPanel password

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to change the cPanel password.

First enter your old, or existing password.

Click the Change Password link.

Then enter and confirm a new password.

Click Change your password now.

That’s it! The cPanel password has been changed.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to change your cPanel password.

How to change the primary language in cPanel

How to change the primary language in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to change the primary language.

Click the Change Language icon.

Select the new desired language, then click Change.

That’s it! The language has been changed.

Now when you navigate through cPanel, you’ll notice that the language used has been translated to the newly selected language.

To change back, simply repeat the process.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to change the primary language in cPanel.

How to setup an autoresponder in cPanel

How to setup an autoresponder in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s setup an autoresponder.

Click the Autoresponders icon.

This is where you create autoresponders for your email addresses. Autoresponders send messages back automatically, to anyone who sends an email to a specified address.

Enter an interval value, then enter an email address you want to set an autoresponder for.

An interval of 8 hours means the autoresponder cannot send more than 1 email to an address within an 8 hour period.

Now complete the rest of the autoresponder email.

When finished, click Create/Modify.

That’s it! The autoresponder has been setup.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup an autoresponder in cPanel.

Now when someone sends an email to John, the Out of Office email will automatically be sent to them.

How to setup a cron job in cPanel

How to setup a cron job in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to setup a cron job.

Click the Cron Jobs icon.

Enter the email address where you want the cron job results sent after each time it runs.

Now you have to define exactly when and how often you want the cron job to run.

This is made easier by selecting one of the pre-defined common settings.

Notice that by choosing a common setting, all fields are filled in automatically. This also helps you understand what each field means.

Next, enter the command of the script you want to run, including the path (from root).

Then click Add New Cron Job.

That’s it! The cron job has been set, and will be listed at the bottom of the screen.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup cron jobs in cPanel.

How to set your default address in cPanel

How to set your default address in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s set our default email address.

Click the Default Address icon.

This is where you set your default address, so that all unrouted email will have a place to go.

Since we likely won’t be using that address, let’s set it to an email address we will be using.

Click Forward to email address.

Currently our default address is set to our account name, meaning all unrouted emails will be stored in our main email account.

Then enter the email address you want as your default address.

Click Change.

That’s it! The default address has been set.

You can always update your default address setting by returning to this screen.

The new default address setting can be seen here.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup your default email address in cPanel.

How to password protect a directory in cPanel

How to password protect a directory in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Click the Directory Privacy icon.

Now let’s learn how to password protect a directory.

Select the directory you want to password protect by clicking its name.

Check the Password Protect box, then give a name for the directory, and click Save.

The directory is now protected, and requires a password to enter it via a browser.

We must therefore create at least one user, and assign them a password so they can access the directory.

Assign a username and password in the Create User section.

The protected directory now has one user who has access to it. Repeat this process for each additional user you want to grant access for.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to password protect directories, and assign users to them.

You can see the new user we just added in the Authorized Users section.

How to login to cPanel

How to login to cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already opened your browser and entered your cPanel login URL.

Now log in to cPanel using the username and password provided to you.

That’s it! You’re now logged in to cPanel, and can begin to setup email accounts, parked domains, databases, shopping carts, and dozens of other features.

To logout of cPanel, click the logout link in the upper right corner.

This is the end of the tutorial. Be sure to check out the other cPanel tutorials to learn all the great features available to you.

How to enable spam protection in cPanel

How to enable spam protection in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to enable spam protection.

First click the BoxTrapper icon.

Box Trapper protects your inbox from spam by requiring all email sendors who aren’t on your Whitelist, to reply to a verification email before you can receive their mail.

To enable BoxTrapper for an email address, click Manage.

Then click the Enable button.

BoxTrapper has now been enabled for this address. Click Go Back.

Next you’ll want to configure your BoxTrapper settings. Click the Configure Settings link.

You can set various options here, including auto-whitelisting for addresses you send email to.

Next click Edit Confirmation Messages.

From here you can edit the standard confirmation messages already setup for you.

Next, click Edit White/Black/Ignore Lists.

From here you can add addresses to your Whitelist, Blacklist, and Ignore list.

Once you have BoxTrapper setup the way you want, you’ll notice a huge reduction in spam.

Another option for controlling spam is to use SpamAssassin.

You can use SpammAssassin in conjunction with BoxTrapper for maximum spam control, or you can use BoxTrapper on its own, or SpamAssassin on its own.

Click to Enable SpamAssassin.

Then click Go Back.

You’ll now want to configure SpamAssassin, so click the Configure button.

From here you can setup your blacklist with email addresses you KNOW are spam…

… and can add email addresses to your whitelist… addresses you KNOW are NOT spam.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to enable spam protection in cPanel, using BoxTrapper and SpamAssassin.

How to setup hotlink protection in cPanel

How to setup hotlink protection in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to setup hotlink protection

Click the Hotlink Protection icon.

Hotlink protection prevents other websites from directly linking to certain files (typically images) on your website.

You’ll want to prevent this if you have copyrighted images, or to simply save on bandwidth usage.

You’ll first want to make sure your own sites are listed here, so you are able to hotlink to your images.

Enter all the file types you want to protect…

… and check the Allow direct requests box if you want to give the ability to manually enter URLs of a protected file.

Enter the URL you want to redirect to, for anyone who tries to hotlink to your files or images.

Then click Submit.

That’s it! You’ve successfully enabled hotlink protection.

To disable hotlink protection, click the Disable button.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to use hotlink protection to prevent hotlinking to your files.

How to update your contact information in cPanel

How to update your contact information in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to update our contact information.

Click the Contact Information link.

Make sure you enter a correct, working email address… as this is how you will be contacted by the system.

You should enter a second email address as well, simply as a backup to the first.

You can choose to be notified when you’re reaching your disk quota, bandwith usage limit, or email account quota.

When ready, click Save.

That’s it! We’ve successfully updated our contact information, and will be notified by email when getting close to our storage and bandwidth limits.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup your contact information in cPanel.

How to setup email forwarding in cPanel

How to setup email forwarding in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s setup an email forwarder.

Click the Forwarders icon.

An email forwarder allows you to send a copy of all email from one address to another. This is handy when you have multiple addresses, but only want to have to check one of them.

Click the Add Forwarder button.

Enter the email address you want to forward…

Then enter the address you want the message forwarded to.

Click Add Forwarder.

That’s it! The email forwarder has been setup, and will start working immediately.

You can return to this screen to create additional forwarders, or to delete existing ones.

You can also create domain email forwarders, where all email sent to a specific domain will be forwarded to another.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup an email forwarder in cPanel.

How to setup email filters in cPanel

How to setup email filters in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s setup an email filter.

Click the User Filters icon.

Then click the Manage Filters link next to the email account you want to create a filter for.

Enter a name for the filter.

Then click Create a New Filter.

Then specify the rule.

Now define an action for the rule.

In this case, the action is to deliver the email to the inbox.

To finish, click the Create button.

That’s it! The filter has been created.

You can always return to this screen to create new filters, or edit or delete existing ones.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup email filters in cPanel.

How to setup domain redirects in cPanel

How to setup domain redirects in cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.

Now let’s learn how to setup domain redirects.

Click the Redirects icon.

Choose whether you want this redirect to be temporary or permanent.

Then enter the URL you want to redirect.

Then enter the destination URL… where you want visitors to be redirected to.

When ready, click Add.

That’s it! The redirect has been created.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to setup domain redirects in cPanel.