My web hosting company, Cloud Hosted, uses a popular third party GUI called cPanel to manage my rented space on their server.
The “Quick Install Tools” section of cPanel was used to make the initial installation of WordPress. Once that has been done there is not much need to visit cPanel again. The rest of this and subsequent pages is for the nerds who like to get under the hood.
Key cPanel Features
Click here for the full cPanel feature list. I will document only those features that I have actually used.
The cPanel features are sub-divided into: Files, Databases, Domains, Email, Metrics, Security, Software, Advanced and Preferences
Includes: File Manager, Images, Directory Privacy, Disk Usage, Web Disk, Ftp Accounts, Ftp Connections, Anonymous Ftp, Backup and Backup Wizard.
Includes: phpMyAdmin, MySQL Databases, MySQL Database Wizard, Remote MySQL, PostgreSQL Databases, PostgreSQL Database Wizard and phpPgAdmin
Invoke the File Manager by Clicking on <File Manager> in the Files area of cPanel
The File Manager is used to manage and navigate the files and folders on the remote server. The File Manager‘s functionality is readily accessible through a context sensitive toolbar running horizontally across the top of the GUI.
Files and folders can be: created, deleted, copied and moved. You can rename files and folders and you can change their access permissions. You can even edit certain kinds of files.
You can Download (Server to local PC) and Upload (PC to Server) but downloading and uploading is restricted to files. The cPanel File Manager does not support uploading or downloading folders.
Multiple files can be downloaded simultaneously or you can compress a folder and then download the compressed file. Similarly, the contents of a PC folder can be compressed into a single file and uploaded to an appropriately named folder on the Server. File Manager’s Upload function does not support multiple file selection but as soon as one file’s upload begins, you can select another. The sequentially selected files will upload simultaneously.
You can Right click on a file or folder to invoke a pop up menu of allowable actions. Right clicking on a .zip file will allow you to extract the zipped files.
FTP may be better,
Manage the images on your site with the Images feature. You can re-size, convert file types, or view your images with this built-in feature.
The Thumbnailer lets you create thumbnails from all the images in a selected directory.
The Scaler option supports changing the size of images in a directory.
The Converter lets you change the file type of all images in a directory. For example, change .jpg files to .png files.
By default, the system creates a Web Disk account for your cPanel account, and sets your home directory as the Web Disk location. This account uses the same login information as your cPanel account and can access all of the files in your home directory.
phpMyAdmin is a third-party tool that you can use to manipulate MySQL databases. For more information about how to use phpMyAdmin, visit the phpMyAdmin website.