Overview Of The SiteGround cPanel
When you log into your SiteGround Dashboard, you can see the basic information about your account.
- From here you can save the DNS servers and FTP credentials in a notepad document for a later use.
Now open your Namecheap Dashboard and find your domain and click on Manage.
- Choose Custom DNS.
- Put the DNS servers that you get from SiteGround.
- You can access your cPanel in SiteGround Dashboard by navigating to your SiteGround Dashboard -> My Accounts -> Go To cPanel.
The cPanel is a place from where you can manage your files, domains, emails, databases, etc.
But first things first. Let’s connect the domain that you’ve bought from NameCheap with your new hosting.
Connecting Your Hosting DNS Servers With Your Domain
From your cPanel locate Addon Domains. Here you need to put your domain that you’ve registered previously. Put your domain the New Domain Name field. The FTP and the root folder will be automatically populated. Enter your password and click on Add Domain.
That’s it for now. In the next tutorial, we will teach you how to install WordPress in this root folder that we’ve created using the Addon Domain feature.
cPanel useful features
The cPanel has a lot of features but don’t be scared because we won’t work with all of them. We will be using just a few main cPanel features for configuring our websites.
File Manager is probably the primary place where we will hang out the most. From here you can upload files directly to your website or delete them. Also, you can set permissions to your files, which will be an advanced lesson in our Academy.
Your websites will be stored in the public_html folder.
Second important place in our cPanel is MySQL Databases. To manually install a WordPress site, you must first create your database and user. You will learn in the next lesson how this step can be easily done when you need to install your WordPress site manually.
This important feature allows us to manage all the databases created for our websites. This is usually for advanced users because it requires some technical knowledge for repairing a damaged database for example.
Services for automatically installing platforms (Softaculous)
The new cPanels provide services like Softaculous for automatically installing WordPress or many other platforms with just a few clicks. The advantage is that it saves you a lot of time and trouble.
But the small disadvantage is that these services often create generic data for your website (like random usernames, passwords, databases) and can be pre-packed with additional unnecessary plugins.
That’s why we prefer making a manual installation of WordPress as you can see in the next tutorial.
To appear more professional to your clients, you MUST have a decent email address from your company (email@example.com). You can create such email address in the Email Accounts where you can put your email name and select the domain.
And those were all the important features that you need to be aware of when working with your cPanel.
The imperative of all great hosting companies needs to be their excellent customer support (except for HostGator – we don’t know what their imperative really is).
SiteGround offers a great customer support which can be found in your SiteGround Dashboard -> Support. You can use their Live Chat where one of their technicians will be with you in a few moments assisting you about everything you have a problem with.
If your problem is more complicated (like migrating from another hosting to SiteGround), you can Open a Support Ticket. The expert technicians will review your ticket (usually within 15 minutes) and will ensure to solve your problem completely.
Please do a proper research before buying a hosting. Your whole online business depends on of that choice! Don’t try to cut your budget when purchasing hosting because you may have regrets later. Decide on your favorite hosting and buy it with pleasure.
You can make savings on many other things like cutting the outsource for the design, the SEO and everything else that we will be teaching in our Academy.
Now let’s move to the actual WordPress installation on the next lesson…