The Preference panel is probably one of the most overlooked panels when first starting out and yet it can save you a lot of time and aggravation if you take the time to go through it.
Getting Started Wizard
The Getting Started Wizard will take you through the initial steps of setting up your account properly and takes no time at all.
The first screen is an introduction to web hosting that explains how the major directories work in your account. Just this page alone would have answered basic questions I failed to understand when I started out.
Web disk is an easy way to set up a file transfer process between your computer and your host account so you can move files back and forth without having to use an FTP system. It is a great way to get going and saves a lot of time if you are not familiar with FTP software.
The New Email account setup shows you how to setup your email account system. This is necessary to get you started properly since you will be managing multiple email accounts as you add web sites to your business.
Set default address: The default email address will “catch” any mail that is sent to an invalid email address for your domain. All mail that is sent to an address that does not exist will go to the default email address. To send all default mail to the main mail account, type the user name of your cPanel account in the email address input field.
Webmail allows you to check your email from a web browser as opposed to a desktop mail application such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird. This means that you can check your email from any web browser. Please make sure to log out when checking your email on public computers so that other people cannot read your email.
Contact Information and preferences:Email address that you can be contacted at. This should be an email address that is not on your account if you have one.
Change Style allows you to pick the theme or look and feel of your cPanel page.
The Video Tutorials is one of the most useful resources. There is a video only demo (no audio) of just about all the main functions of the cPanel. Going through it can answer a lot of your questions before a problem arises. I found it useful and a huge time saver.
Change Password does just what it says. You can reset your password at any time.
Update Contact Info
Here you can choose email contact addresses outside the hosting account to receive information about your status and settings.
This feature allows you to select or change the look and feel of your cPanel page
Select the language for your account.
cPanel shortcuts are links you can add to your desktop or your browser’s bookmarks toolbar. They are an easy way to access your cPanel. You can drag and drop a shortcut for cPanel and one for Webmail.
There you have it. The Preferences panal of your cPanel hosting account.
Go through it and you will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation. I wish I had when I first signed up.
That’s it. I hope this has been helpful. If you want to see video about the Preferences panel, check this out.
Stay with it, stay well and May Your Travels Be Prosperous.
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