If you use any of the host companies listed in the previous section, you’ll most likely be given immediate access to the company’s hosting management tools. If you’ve never managed a hosted website before, the many options could seem a bit overwhelming at first. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources for walking you through the process of using these tools, and we look at one of them now...
CPanel is one of the most popular hosting management tools. This web-based control panel allows you to perform a large number of tasks right from within the web interface. For example, cPanel has options for:
1. Uploading files
2. Setting preferences
3. Managing email accounts
4. Password-protecting folders and files
5. Managing site databases
6. Managing domain names
7. Accessing site statistics
8. Installing add-ons like WordPress
9. Checking server
In addition to those options listed, many host companies customize cPanel and provide additional features. Because cPanel is accessed with a username and password from within a browser, it removes the need for site managers to have complex programming experience. Substantial help files are available from within the tool, as well as throughout the web, so just about anyone can learn to manage a site’s hosting with cPanel.
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