cPanel Hosting, A Beginner’s Guide

cPanel Hosting - In the Beginning

Knowing Common cPanel Issues & Knowing How to Get Thru Them Intuitively Is The Art

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By The Hitchhiker

Understanding Linux with cPanel hosting

Linux hosting, the most popular web hosting platform, offers features commonly used by web designers. cPanel, a hosting control panel, uses a graphical interface to access most of those features. To get your website up and running, I can set up your Linux hosting with cPanel account.

Basic steps to use Linux hosting

  • Use a FTP client to upload your files. Your hosting account uses public_html as the root directory for your primary domain.
  • If you don’t have a website yet, install a Content Management System (CMS), such as WordPress, to build your website and manage its content.
  • After you have a website up and running, set up backups so you don’t have to worry about losing your content. Nerd of Fortune can back up your website for you or you can set up your own backups.

Just putting in place a good schedule/system for keeping plugins & other WordPress tools up to date isn’t enough as updates often trigger problems that need attention immediately. Be ready to fix things…

Install WordPress

Your hosting account has a built-in tool to install WordPress to any domain that you have added to your hosting.

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the cPanel account you want to use, click Manage.
  4. Click cPanel Admin.
  5. At the top of your cPanel menu, click Applications.
  6. In the Apps for Content Management section, click the icon for WordPress.
  7. Click Install This Application.
  8. Complete or change any fields, and then click Install.

Once the install is complete, you can log in to WordPress using the domain you chose during setup.

More info

Page Builder

After installing WordPress, you will see a WordPress Setup Wizard the first time you log in.

WordPress setup wizard
  • If you want to use WordPress Page Builder for your website, click Continue.
  • If you would rather use the normal WordPress experience without any addons, click No Thanks.

See the NoF article about everything WordPress for more information.

Install applications in cPanel hosting

Your hosting account has a built-in tool to make installing applications – like Joomla!®, Magento®, and Drupal® – simple.

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the cPanel account you want to use, click Manage.
  4. Click cPanel Admin.
  5. Click the Applications tab.
  6. Click the application you want to install.
  7. Click Install This Application.
  8. Complete or change any fields, and then click Install.

You can find information about using Installatron in their Website Owner documentation. If you would like Nerd of Fortune to assist click here.

More Info

If you have a site with another host that is using one of these applications, you can use Installatron to move your website to cPanel. I can do it free if you get your hosting with Nerd of Fortune HERE.

Preview your website using hosts files

Sometimes you need to preview your website files on your hosting account prior to pointing your domain to your hosting account. You can do this by adding entries to the hosts file on your local computer. Keep in mind that we do not support modifying your system files, you are doing so at your own risk.

  1. Start by finding the location of your host file:
    OSHost File Location
    Windows (10, 8, 7, XP, etc.)c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    Macintosh OS X/private/etc/hosts
    Linux/etc/hosts
  2. Now, add an entry to your host file for your domain and hosting account using the following format:
    [your hosting account's IP address] [your domain name]

    For example:

    12.0.0.1     coolexample.com     www.coolexample.com
  3. Save the changes to your host file and navigate to your domain name using your preferred browser. The website files on your hosting account will load, allowing you to preview your website.
Warning: After you are done previewing your website, and point your domain name to your hosting account, be sure to remove the entry from your hosts file. If you do not remove the entry and change plans or servers in the future, you will not be able to view your site.

More info

If you don’t know the IP address of your hosting account, but you know what kind of hosting you have you can find out your IP address using the links below:

Move my cPanel website with FTP and FileZilla

You can upload or backup your website by moving a copy of your files between your computer and your hosting account with File Transfer Protocol (FTP). There are many different clients you can use, but we recommend FileZilla.

Uploading and downloading your website or your entire hosting account can take awhile, depending on the size of your site and your internet connection.

Warning: If your website uses databases (e.g. MySql or MSSQL), make sure that you also make a backup of those databases to create a full backup.

In order to connect to FileZilla, you will need to know:

FieldWhat to enter…
HostYour domain name or IP address (Details below)
UsernameYour FTP username (Details below)
PasswordYour FTP password (Details below)
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  1. Download, install and launch FileZilla.
  2. Complete the following fields: FileZilla Quickconnect
  3. Click Quickconnect
  4. In the Remote Site area, open your website’s root directory.
  5. In the Local Site area, open a folder on your computer where you store your website files locally.
    Save hosting files with FileZilla
  6. Upload your filesDownload your files
    In the Local Site area, select all of your website’s files and directories and then drag them into the Remote Site area.In the Remote Site area, select all of your website’s files and directories and then drag them into the Local Site area.

If you’re uploading your website, once the files finish moving your site will be live. If you’re downloading your website, once the files finish moving you will have a backup of your website saved on your computer.

Find your IP address

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the cPanel account you want to use, click Manage.
  4. Your IP address is displayed in the Account section.
  5. Enter your IP address in the Host field to connect to FileZilla in step 2 above.

Find your FTP username

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. In your My Products page, click the triangle next to Web Hosting to see the list of your hosting accounts, and then click Manage for the cPanel hosting account you want to use.
  3. Click cPanel Admin.
  4. In the Files section, click FTP Accounts.
  5. Your primary cPanel user displays as the first account in the Special FTP Accounts section.
  6. Each of your FTP account’s login/user name displays in the Login column next to the user.
  7. Enter your FTP username in the designated fields to connect to FileZilla in step 2 above.

Change your FTP password

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  2. Click Web Hosting.
  3. Next to the cPanel account you want to use, click Manage.
  4. Under Settings section, click Change next to your password.
  5. Enter a New cPanel Password, and then click Change Password.
  6. Enter your FTP password in the designated fields to connect to FileZilla in step 2 above.

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