WordPress is by far the most popular platform when it comes to powering websites of various kinds all across the globe. In fact, statistics indicate that at least 27 percent of all the websites currently online use this CMS.
While there are many reasons for its popularity, the platform is especially liked by developers because of its flexibility, access to great support, and customization capabilities.
If you’re an upcoming developer, you will eventually be working on making sure that the server of your website is working as intended and will likely encounter cPanel. This application is specifically designed for managing various parts of your website in a user-friendly manner.
Logging in to cPanel
It’s important to know that cPanel and WordPress are not the same and they require different credentials to log in. If you are a hosting company yourself, or an administrator for a client, you should receive your credentials via email.
After logging in, you’ll enter the main dashboard of the server account. This will allow us to observe the client’s domain, disk space currently used, and location of the server, among other details.
These statistics can be crucial in day-to-day operations, so it’s good to know where to find them.
Database and its details
A more advanced function you can perform with the help of cPanel is database management found in the “Database” section. The platform has many free tools allowing you to edit, create and make other adjustments to the website’s database.
Accessing the database is also crucial for making changes to the website itself, so it’s good to know that the platform offers plenty of tools in doing so.
Another section of the tool is called “Files” which you will be using in the event of managing the website’s key files. This is done through what is known as an FTP solution or File Transfer Protocol.
While the FTP solution will have to be installed manually, either by you or another, more experienced developer, with it, you will be able to create new accounts on a WordPress website, manage their password, and work on the overall enhancement of the website’s security measures.
Some of the other things you can do in the “Files” section include:
Create file backups
Manage new FTP accounts
Restore older versions of the website
Among other things.
Working on better security
Another major cPanel section is called “Security” which enables the administrators to enhance the security of a WordPress website through the use of specific modules in order to prevent potential hacks, and spam as well as make sure that your website network itself is more secure.
As the manager, you’ll be able to set specific rules for a user accessing the website must meet, in order to gain access to your website.
Adding new software
In the last major section of cPanel, you can work on making a website better by adding various software apps for more functionality, security, and overall flexibility.
While there are many to choose from, we recommend integrating the most popular and trusted applications for your site to make sure it reaches its maximum potential.
All in all
cPanel tool is a true powerhouse that helps even complete beginners to competitively administer a WordPress website. Eventually, as you learn more and more, you will be able to create a functional, secure and competitive website.