cPanel or Client Area?
Do I need to go to my Client Area or my cPanel?? Sometimes it is hard to figure out where you really need to go to do things. Most people get confused at one time or another, so here is a little refresher that may help you remember the right direction to take when you are trying to pay your hosting bill, or edit your web site, or read your email, or well, to do just about anything associated with your web site.
THE CLIENT AREA - The Client Area is for the most part INFORMATIONAL.
It requires a username (email address) and password to login.
This is where you update your contact information, billing information, and any additional contact information.
Your order information is listed here, and you can place new orders from here. You can order domain names, services, and products. You can view details of invoices past and present.
This is the area you come to View, Print and Pay invoices as well.
You should send your support Tickets from here rather than from outside of the login so they will all be saved in your client area account for you.
You can also see emails that have been sent to you from us for a period of time, along with all orders, invoices and receipts.
THE cPanel - The Hosting cPanel is FUNCTIONAL. This area deals with controlling your web site.
The address of your cPanel is "http://yourdomain.com/cpanel" with "yourdomain.com" being the actual domain name of your web site. The cPanel requires a username and password (a mixed string of letters and numbers - upper and lower case suggested).
This is where you set up your email accounts, read your webmail, turn on spam-assassin, and create a forward, auto responders, and mx records. You can edit, backup, change and upload files. You can also edit pages and control FTP. You can create additional FTP accounts.
cPanel is also the place you go to set up password protected directories, HotLink Protection and the The IP Blocker, set up databases, create parked domains, sub-domains and URL redirects, view your site Stats, visitor logs, error logs, create custom error pages and much more.
This is also the place where you find will find pre-installed software(Such as PHPMyAdmin, use Softaculous to find and install blogs, e-commerce, photo galleries, and much, much more..
This ends this tutorial. Hopefully, it will help you see a little more clearly the difference between the functions of the client area and the cPanel. The client area is INFORMATIONAL, and the cPanel gives you control of your websites FUNCTIONALITY.