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9 cPanel Tips to Simplify Your Website Management

    You can use cPanel to perform a range of essential website management tasks, so let’s explore some of them! Here are nine ways that cPanel can simplify your day-to-day website admin.

    1. Install Applications to Your Server

    Applications can be useful for adding extra features to your website. Other applications can help simplify common tasks, or provide useful data such as visitor analytics.

    You can install applications on your website or hosting account from the command line. However, this isn’t the most user-friendly approach, and the command line is only useful if you already know which application you want to install.

    Auto-installers such as Softaculous automate the installation process using predefined scripts. There are various auto-installers available, but at A2 Hosting we provide Softaculous to all our customers. It’s a popular script library that features hundreds of scripts for open source and commercial web applications.

    They also typically provide a GUI for browsing the available applications.

    You’ll select the application that you want to install, and enter any information required to configure this application. The auto-installer will automatically organize the database configuration, user permissions, web, and server files. It will then install the application in question. This can make it significantly easier to add applications to your website, while also reducing the possibility for human error.

    Using Softaculous, you can explore categories of web applications ranging from social networking, to advert management, e-commerce, and customer support. You can often install these applications with a single click. Even if additional configuration is required, Softaculous will prompt you to enter the necessary information via its graphical user interface.

    Even for complex applications, you can often complete the necessary configuration and add the application to your server within seconds. The cPanel dashboard will also prompt you to install any available updates. Even if you install a long list of applications, this makes it easy to ensure all your applications are kept up-to-date.

    2. Manage Multiple Domains From a Single cPanel Account

    Sometimes you may want to operate multiple websites. Instead of purchasing a separate hosting account for each domain, you can add multiple add-on domains to the same account. You can then split your account’s resources between these various domains. This can save you money, and also provides a central hub where you can manage all your domains.

    You can add domains to your hosting account, using cPanel’s Addon Domains tool:

    In New Domain Name, type the domain that you want to add. After entering this information, cPanel should populate the Subdomain and Document Root automatically.

    If you want to use File transfer protocal (FTP) with this domain, select the Create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain checkbox. You can then select Add Domain, and cPanel will add this domain to your hosting account. You can repeat these steps, to create multiple add-on domains.

    3. Verify Your Analytics

    Monitoring your website is essential for providing the best possible visitor experience. By analyzing important metrics such as traffic and visitor behavior, you can continuously identify opportunities for improvement. This can help you create a plan for growing your audience, driving conversions, and increasing your revenue.

    There are several monitoring tools and platforms available for WordPress, including Google analytics  However, these tools often require a significant amount of setup.

    cPanel provides its own Advanced Web Statistics (AWStats) tool that you can use with zero setup. AWStats is an open-source analytics tool that provides data on traffic volume, source, and the type of traffic. AWStats also provides detailed information about the people who visit your site, including their Operating System (OS) and web browser.

    This information can help you monitor your site’s performance, even if you’re not using a dedicated analytics platform. However, you can also use AWStats to verify the information in third-party tracking tools, including Google Analytics.

    Google Analytics can provide a wealth of information, but this data isn’t always accurate. AWStats is based on the log files created by your web server. This means AWStats is typically more accurate than tools such as Google Analytics.

    Most notably, Google Analytics relies on cookies in order to collect visitor information. Data regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cookie law  mean that many visitors now need to opt into cookies. With many people worried about online privacy, a significant portion of your visitors may choose not to allow cookies. This can interfere with your Google Analytics data.

    AWStats doesn’t rely on cookies. While AWStats isn’t as comprehensive as Google Analytics, it can be a useful resource for determining whether your Google Analytics data is accurate.

    4. Manage Your Files

    WordPress has a built-in media uploader that you can use for common resources such as videos and images. You can also upload themes and plugins via the WordPress admin dashboard. However, sometimes an error on your site may prevent you from uploading a particular resource using WordPress’ built-in features. In these instances, uploading a file manually may help you troubleshoot the problem, or even fix the error you’re encountering.

    You could upload and manage your files using the file transfer protocol (FTP). However, FTP can be difficult for anyone who isn’t already familiar with the protocol.

    cPanel’s File Manager provides an accessible GUI. This can make it easy to upload files to your server. To launch this tool, select File Manager from the cPanel dashboard.

    You can then select the Upload tab, and choose the files(s) that you want to upload. Alternatively, you can create files directly within your website’s file system. This can save you a considerable amount of time when working with simple files.

    5. Monitor Your Website’s Performance

    Performance can have a huge impact on your site’s success. Studies have shown that almost half of visitors abandon a site  that takes longer than three seconds to load. However, any delay can have a negative impact on bounce rate. Studies suggest that as page load times increase from one to three seconds, the average bounce rate increases by 32 percent.If your site is slow to load, you’ll struggle to attract and retain an audience.

    Google also uses page speed as a ranking factor. If your site isn’t performing well, it could negatively impact your Search Engine Optimization  (SEO). This can reduce the number of people discovering your site for the first time, and stall your website’s growth.

    To help retain and grow your audience, it’s important to monitor your site’s performance. This helps you resolve issues before they cause too much damage.

    You can evaluate your site’s performance using cPanel’s Resource Usage tool. This tool can help you identify any applications or services that are hogging your resources. This tool can also help you gauge whether it’s time to upgrade your hosting package  This is particularly important if you’re experiencing an upsurge in traffic.

    In cPanel, select Resource usage. You’ll now see a summary of your account, including information about any performance issues your sites have experienced in the past 24 hours. You’ll also receive a warning if your site is about to hit its resource limits.

    You can view resource usage information for the current day by selecting the Current usage tab. This displays a series of graphs including processes, CPU usage, and physical memory usage.

    Creating and analyzing snapshots can also be a useful way to troubleshoot performance issues. To get started with usage snapshots, select the Snapshots tab.

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