Hosting Control Panel
When you subscribe to a Hosting Plan with a web hosting company, you will usually receive user credentials (username & password) for a Hosting Account.
When you sign into your Hosting Account you will be able to manage your account via a Hosting Control Panel.
The Hosting Control Panel enables you to montor use of the resources allocated to your account, for example, disk space and bandwidth.
The Hosting Control Panel will also enable you to perform some important functions, for example:
- create mailboxes,
- periodically create a backup copy of your website,
- upload files to the server,
- view statistics and logs,
- create subdomains, and
- change your control panel password.
The control panel interface you see when you sign into the hosting account provided by your hosting company will depend upon which control panel package they are using.
Two popular website hosting packages are cPanel and Plesk.
The illustrations in this guide are for cPanel.
Keep up to speed with cPanel Security News: scroll to bottom of this article.
Introducing the cPanel Hosting Control Panel
cPanel is our preferred hosting control panel.
Sign in securely
Only ever sign into your Hosting Control Panel using a URL that begins with HTTPS.
HTTPS signifies that the website you are visiting is protected by SSL.
In other words, traffic to and from the website is encrypted during transit. If intercepted it cannot be read.
Keep up to speed with cPanel Security News
From time to time the developer of the cPanel & WHM Hosting Control Panel will announce they have issued a Targeted Security Release to address vulnerabilities in their software.
The cPanel developer posts news of such releases in the:
If your website is hosted on a server using cPanel then you should frequently sign in to check the release being used matches the recommended release or later.
If it does not then contact your hosting provider.
How can you see the release details for your cPanel?
Release details will usually be displayed at the bottom left of the cPanel control panel - see example shown here.
If YES then great.
If NO then contact your hosting provider.
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