Once you migrate to your own custom domain or buy a new domain, your hosting company will most likely provide you with pre-installed cPanel software on the domain mostly for your ease. Because the most popular web hosting software or platform nowadays is cPanel. In fact, now, cPanel has become the industry standard for most web hosting companies. For anyone who is acquainted with web hosting, he would know how important such a software can prove to be. cPanel is a powerful web hosting software that puts a lot of features and tools at a guy’s fingertips, allowing the webmaster to completely stop worrying about the management and concentrate more on the domain. But for the beginners, especially for those who neither have any kind of knowledge about web hosting nor any experience, the cPanel could be a very confusing and challenging environment. So for those people, to ensure that their domain is safe and secure, here are some of the basic settings.
Create a Strong Password
A very obvious but the most important thing that you should do after assigning a cPanel access is to set up a very strong password almost as long as 8 characters. This is only because of the numerous complains from people regarding their cPanels getting hacked and most reasons are weak or default passwords that have never been changed! Once a webmaster loses access to his cPanel, it’s really very hard to again get access to it. The webmaster will then have to contact the company and then ask for a retrieval. Not only that but the hacker can also get the billing details, and steal all information including the credit card number for future use so that he can easily request password resets with the hosting company.
To save yourself from these terrible hacks, change all of the default passwords assigned for things like cPanel, E-mail, billing account login, and so on with strong passwords to ensure the security of your account. The password for your cPanel can be easily changed from Preferences >> Change Password.
Just like any guy checks out specifications for his new computer, it’s also very important that you check out the specs for the new webserver you have got and where your site is hosted. You can easily see all the information that you need to know on the left sidebar of your cPanel. For the account information and other statistics, you might need to scroll down a bit. Always keep a close eye on all these statistics because you would never want to exhaust any limit. From here you can easily check all the things, from CPU and memory usage to all the graphs to see site load time and more.
Get rid of any Kind of Spam
The time will come when your domain will become popular, appreciated by a lot of people and well-known, you will then start getting tons of spam emails every day from unknown and fake email addresses or bots. So the next step that you should take is enabling Spam Assassin in your cPanel to take care of spam for you. You can easily find this setting in your cPanel >> Mail >> Spam Assassin.
It is also a good idea to actually set up a Discard message whenever an email is sent to your domain to any non-existent email address. Also, this option can be easily set by simply going to cPanel >> Mail >> Forwarders >> Add Forwarder. Now click on ‘Discard with Error to Sender’, and then click on Add Forwarder.
This is also a very important option to set up because if you didn’t set up this, then all the emails sent on any non-existent email address on your domain, will be sent to a default address thus sending spam.
Monitor all your Data
In the cPanel, another useful and important setting is to Update your contact info anytime you want. You can also add a secondary email to get notifications and alerts. This can be done from Preferences >> Update Contact Info. This is known as an emergency email and it proves helpful if in case you lose access to your primary email address. All notifications that are sent to your primary email address, will be sent here as well.
Depending on the web hosting company you choose, you get much monitoring that notify you when you almost reach your limits, load time, bandwidth, downtime and more. Such data can really prove to be valuable to a webmaster.
After getting a custom domain and setting up a web host, setting up your cPanel and getting along with it is the most important step. You just need to know the basics and then there’s no rocket science involved in it after that. Then you can learn all of it along the way. All you need to make sure is that you don’t play with your databases and stuff and delete them accidentally thus sending your site back into the Stone age! Keep yourself limited to all the other features except databases, and just explore all the features at your disposal. I thought this post was important. A big surprise awaits all you MBT readers! Cheers 🙂