I understand you might be shopping or comparing which web host to use. Whatever you decide on, make sure it is a cPanel web host. You might already have a web host, and are just not very familiar with what a cPanel interface actually is. That is what we will talk about today.
On most web hosts, whatever your .com name is – you can add a /cPanel to the end of the web address and end up on the back-end or control panel or management area of your site. This is a fairly easy to use page with lots of icons, and you can click on the thing you want to change and change it without having to log in or type in any scary commands.
With a cPanel back-end, you can add databases, or install a WordPress blog. On your web host, you will have files which are things like audios, or .pdf’s, or books, or web pages. But there are also databases, which is your content. If you set up a WordPress blog, it will run off of a database because the content of those pages change, don’t they, If you edit a blog post, your site looks different. If someone leaves a comment on your post, the page looks different. When you run anything like a blog or a forum, or any kind of page where it changes the look, depending on what people do. That will probably require a database.
Luckily, many pieces of software including WordPress, including Forum software, will show you what to click on in your cPanel back-end.
There are some easier things to do in a cPanel, for example you can add an email account. You can make it so someone can email you but the after is not a Yahoo, or a Hotmail, or a Gmail address. It is at your .com’s name address. You can even set it up to where it forwards your email going to your .com name right to your remotely hosted email account.
One of my favorite things to do with the cPanel web host is an area called awstats. You can view traffic statistics. You can actually see how many people actually came to your website. What pages they visited. How many people came this month, this week and where they came from. This means you can tell if people are linking to your site, if visitors type in a certain phrase and a search engine takes them to your site. It is a really easy way to see how people come to your site so you can repeat that process.
Make sure you are hosted with a cPanel web host because it has some great features like databases, email accounts and traffic statistics.