cPanel User Guide and Tutorial

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Everything you need to manage files, email, and databases using cPanel
  • Organise your web site… create subdomains, custom error messages, and password protected areas
  • Analyse site logs, ensure your site and data remain secure, and learn how to create and restore data back ups
  • Use advanced features, find powerful cPanel add ons, and install web scripts from within cPanel: osCommerce, Mambo, phpBB, and more.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 208 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2006
ISBN : 1904811922
ISBN 13 : 9781904811923
Author(s) : Aric Pedersen
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Web Development, Linux Servers

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to cPanel Hosting
Chapter 2: Getting Started with cPanel
Chapter 3: FTP and cPanel's File Manager
Chapter 4: Working with Mail
Chapter 5: Working with Databases
Chapter 6: Controlling Access to and Organizing Your Data
Chapter 7: Keeping an Eye on Account Activity
Chapter 8: Backing up and Restoring Data
Chapter 9: Working with Scripts
Chapter 10: Advanced cPanel Features
Chapter 11: Site and Account Security
Chapter 12: ThirdParty Additions to cPanel
Chapter 13: Useful Tools and Links and the Final Curtain Call
Appendix A: Glossary
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to cPanel Hosting
    • Webmaster, Meet cPanel…
    • What Tools Will You Need?
    • Finding cPanel Web Hosting
      • Types of Web Hosting
      • Windows versus Linux Hosting
      • Hunting for Hosting
      • The Quest for Features
    • Questions to Ask Hosting Companies
      • How's the Company's Support?
      • What Special Features does the Company Offer?
      • What are the Company's Hosting Policies?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started with cPanel
    • Logging into cPanel
      • Logging into cPanel from Behind a Firewall
    • The Main cPanel Interface
      • General Account Information
      • Resource Usage
      • Mail and FTP Information
      • General Server Information
      • Programming Language and Database Information
      • cPanel Information
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: FTP and cPanel's File Manager
    • FTP Basics
      • General FTP Tools
      • Configuring your FTP Client for use with your Main FTP Account
    • Creating and Managing FTP Accounts in cPanel
      • Creating a New FTP Account in cPanel
      • Monitoring your FTP Usage in cPanel
    • Anonymous FTP Access
    • cPanel FTP Session Control
    • Other Types of FTP Connections
      • Secure FTP
      • FXP Transfers
    • cPanel's File Manager
      • A Few Words about File Permissions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Working with Mail
    • Why Manage your Own Email Accounts?
    • Common Email Terms
    • Accessing cPanel's Email Features
    • Managing POP3 and IMAP Email Accounts
    • Creating an Email Account
    • Configuring your Email Client to Use your New Address
    • Changing Advanced Email Options and Monitoring your Email Account
    • Web Mail
      • Accessing Web Mail
    • Email Forwarders (Aliases)
    • Email Domain Forwarding
    • Mailing Lists
    • Dealing with Unsolicited Email (SPAM)
      • SpamAssassin
      • SpamBox
      • Email Filtering
      • BoxTrapper
      • Virus Scanning using ClamAV
    • Default (Catch All) Email Address
    • Email AutoResponders
    • Advanced Email Tools
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Working with Databases
    • Database 101
    • Working with Databases in cPanel
      • Creating a Database
      • Creating a Database User
      • Adding a User to a Database
      • Removing or Repairing a Database
    • phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin
      • phpMyAdmin
      • phpPgAdmin
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Controlling Access to and Organizing Your Data
    • Changing your cPanel Password
    • Subdomains
    • Redirects
    • Hotlink Protection: Stop People from Stealing Content
    • Password-Protect Directories
    • Leech Protect: Keep Users from Giving Away Access to your Site
    • Index Manager
    • IP Deny Manager
    • Custom Web Error Messages
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Keeping an Eye on Account Activity
    • Web Statistics: What's Going On?
    • Raw (Apache) Web Logs
      • Raw Log Control
    • Web Stats to the Rescue!
      • Analog
      • Awstats
      • Webalizer
      • Urchin
      • Statistics Configuration
    • Other Related Tools
      • Last Visitors
      • Bandwidth
      • Error Log
      • Disk Usage
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Backing up and Restoring Data
    • Backups and their Importance
      • Home Directory Backup
      • Database Backup
      • Email Aliases (Forwarders) and Filters Backup
      • Full Backups
    • Automated Unattended Backups
    • Restoring Backups
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Working with Scripts
    • What are Web Scripts?
    • The Scripts cPanel Offers for Installation
      • The Scripts Library
        • Advanced Guestbook
        • b2Evolution
        • Coppermine
        • cPSupport
        • e107
        • Geeklog
        • Invision Power Board
        • Mambo Open Source
        • Nucleus
        • osCommerce
        • PHPNuke
        • phpBB
        • phpWiki
        • PostNuke
        • WordPress
        • Xoops
      • Chat Rooms
        • Entropychat
        • Melange
        • phpMyChat
      • Shopping Carts
        • AgoraCart
        • Interchange
      • CGI Center
        • CGIWrapper
        • Random HTML
        • Simple Guestbook
        • Advanced Guestbook
        • Counter
        • Clock
        • Countdown
        • CGI Email
        • FormMail Clone
        • Entropy Search
        • Entropy Banner
      • Third-Party Addons
      • Finding Other Web Scripts
    • Advice on Working with Scripts
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Advanced cPanel Features
    • Welcome to cPanel 102
    • FrontPage Extensions
    • Addon Domains
    • Parked Domains
    • Cron Jobs
    • SSH/Telnet
    • MIME Types
    • Apache Handlers
    • OpenPGP Keys
    • SSL Management
    • Network Tools
      • Domain Lookup Tool
      • Traceroute Tool
    • cPanel Pro
      • Image Manager
      • Leech Protect
      • ClamAV
      • Submit a Support Request
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Site and Account Security
    • Site Security and You
    • The Security Plan
    • What to do if the Worst Happens
      • Step One: Contact Your Web Host
      • Step Two: Restore and Verify All Data and Secure Site
    • Summary
  • Chapter 12: ThirdParty Additions to cPanel
    • cPanel Themes: New Look, New Features
      • cPanel's Other Themes
        • Blue Lagoon
        • Monsoon
        • Xmail
        • X2
      • ThirdParty Themes
        • 7Dana
        • Ace
        • BlueCrush
        • CoolBreeze
        • CPANEL XP Evolution
        • cpSkins
        • iCandy
        • InteliSkin
        • Java
        • Radiance
        • RVSKIN
        • Simskins
        • Stainless Steel
        • Trix
        • Winterfall
        • XController
        • ZabrinskiPoint
    • ThirdParty Addons
      • Fantastico: The Original Script Autoinstaller
      • Autoinstaller: More Scripts for cPanel's Script Library
      • OpenInstaller: Additional Script Library Scripts, for Free
      • MailScanner cPanel Front End: Kill Email Nuisances before they Reach your InBox
        • Exploring MailScanner Front End's Many Features
        • How does MailScanner Handle Mail?
      • Other ThirdParty Addons
    • Summary

Aric Pedersen

Aric Pedersen has been using cPanel on a daily basis for over 6 years both as an end user for his own websites and as a systems administrator. He currently works as a systems administrator for several hosting companies and also for, the creators of Fantastico Deluxe (a popular script auto-installer for cPanel). Aric has been providing companies and end users with web hosting and related documentation for several years.

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page 119 CpSkins Installer, not CpScripts Installer 15 Jun 06
This page mentions "CpScripts Autoinstaller" by mistake. It should read "CpSkins<br />Autoinstaller".

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Description:  The following content is a list of the anti-malware tools that is supposed to be in Chapter 13.


Modern list of anti-malware tools:
Microsoft Security Essentials (Free - XP, Visa, 7 and 8.x): - This is a lightweight and free security suite that can scan for viruses and other common malware. Security Essentials tends to use less computer resources than other options doesn’t get in your way. However, updates for Security Essentials for Windows XP will be discontinued when Microsoft officially ends all support for Windows XP soon.
Lavasoft Ad-Aware (Free or up to $48 depending on the version you chose - XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x): - They have a free version that can not only scan for viruses, but also adware and other types of malware. Of course there is some up-sell involved, since Lavasoft encourages people to upgrade to the paid editions of this product.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free or $24 - XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x): - This is not an antivirus product. This is designed to complement your existing antivirus product with strong anti-malware tools to stop things like key loggers, trojans, spyware, root kits and other things. While it can detect the presence of some viruses, it is not designed to specifically protect you against that.
ClamAV (Free - XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x): - This is an open source, free antivirus tool (that can also detect some additional types of malware). It is, and will always be free and is regularly updated by the developers. However, it may not catch as many viruses and types of malware as some commercial products.
Mac OS X:
ClamXAV (Free - OS X 10.6 or later in required for the latest version but older versions are available for OS X 10.4 and 10.5):
SecureMac MacScan ($40, OS X 10.2.4 or higher): - This is not an antivirus product. It designed primarily to find tracking software (including cookies in your web browser), key loggers and spyware.
Intego Virus/Net Barrier ($40 - $80 - OS X 10.6 or later): - Full antivirus and anti-malware solution for the Mac (with an optional component to also protect Windows under Bootcamp). This is the most resource intensive product but does the best job of detecting threats.
ClamAV (Free - Almost any version of modern Linux or Unix): - As I mentioned before, this is free and open source and can detect viruses and some basic forms of spyware, though it is not designed to detect root kits or other types of malware.
Rootkit Hunter (Free - Many types of Linux): - This can scan for common root kits and other evidence of a compromised system or server. It does not detect viruses or other sorts of malware.

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What you will learn from this book

Once you read this book, you will:

  • Learn how to find hosts that offer cPanel with their web hosting packages
  • Discover how to access your cPanel account in several different ways, even behind a firewall
  • Familiarize yourself with the standard cPanel layout so you can find what you are looking for quickly
  • Discover what the information you see on the main cPanel interface means and how to use it to keep track of what is happening with your hosting account
  • Create, manage and remove FTP accounts so you (or your web master) can upload, access and remove files from your website
  • Set up, manage and learn how to access e-mail accounts, including e-mail aliases (forwarding), web mail access, e-mail quotas, mail filtering, spam blocking and mailing lists
  • Create, manage and delete databases from within cPanel
  • Learn how to protect and control access to information on your web site using the tools that cPanel provides
  • Monitor site traffic using web stats
  • Discover how to create an effective backup strategy using cPanel’s web site backup and restore features
  • Explore some advanced tools that cPanel offers to help manage your web site
  • Learn basic techniques to keep your web site safe from hackers and learn what to do if the worst happens
  • Examine some common third-party add-ons and themes that your host may choose to offer
  • Discover a wealth of external tools that make the aspiring web master’s job easier


In Detail

"A great book for getting the most out of your cPanel-supporting web host"

If you have web hosting requirements beyond the most basic, you should look for a host that offers cPanel. cPanel gives you tight control over every aspect of your web site, email accounts, and domain names.

But once you've got a web site with cPanel support, how do you go about using it? While the documentation  included with cPanel may provide a quick reference, to really get the most from it you need a more detailed, systematic tutorial.

Read this book to find out exactly how to get the most from cPanel in all aspects of your web site management: web, email, FTP, security, domains, back ups, and more.

A clear, complete guide to getting the most from cPanel.

Visit the Free Online Edition for cPanel User Guide and Tutorial and learn more about the book and discover what each chapter from this book has in store.


  • An easy to follow, practical guide with abundant screenshots along with clear instruction and explanation.
  • Covers how to use cPanel, and also offers crucial advice on making the most of the application and avoiding common web master pitfalls.
  • Carefully arranged to act as a step-by-step tutorial and a handy desktop reference

Who this book is for

Anybody who has a web hosting account that provides cPanel, and who wants to get the most from this very powerful tool.

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