cPanel is the platform used on most hosting providers around the world. It is a free platform and used to control and manage a website. The cPanel control panel comes with many different features. However, each hosting company chooses which features to make available to its clients and which not. These are the features that allow web administrators to set up, control, manage different features like email, blogging features and other needed applications with the simple click of a mouse (no coding needed). Even though the cPanel is made for easy navigation, and made so even the most inexperienced of administrators can administrate their websites, hosting companies also include several advanced tools for the more experienced user. The following are 5 tips for getting the most out of these advanced cPanel features:

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1- Apache Handlers – This feature controls how the Apache web server software controls your files and file extensions. Apache is configured by default to handle CGI and parsed files with file extensions that end in:.cgi, .plx, .pl, .ppl, .shtml and perl. However, by using the Apache handlers you can configure Apache to handle new file types by adding the extension to cPanel. For example, if you wanted the server to treat files with extension.xyz as.pl files, you could type “pl-script” under Handler and use the “.xyz” as the extension.

2 – The Image Manager Tool – This feature allows you to manage all the images in the server account, by resizing, changing file types, viewing a certain way or simply by listing all of them. All you need to do is click on the “Image Manager Tool” and click the button to the function you want, choose the folder where you want to apply the image changes, then select images you want to apply the changes to.

3 – Index Manager – With this tool you can change the way a directory appears on the web. Select the default style, choose to keep the files un-indexed or choose from two other types of indexing methods. If you don’t want unauthorized people from seeing your files you should choose the no index option.

4 – Error Pages – Use this cPanel tool to create custom error pages. This way if a reader clicks or looks for a non existent page you can direct him to another page. Using the “Error Pages” tool.

5 – MIME Types – Allows you to manage your file extensions and define how you want the different web browsers to handle them.

These are just a few of the advanced tools the average cPanel application has. Most cPanel applications have these features, as well as other advanced tools. However, each hosting company is different, so while some hosting companies may have certain features others won’t.

Most hosting companies advertise or list the features and one button tools they use, especially when these tools are not typical features required by most web masters. When you need a specific cPanel tool you need to read the available list of cPanel features before you select the hosting company for your website.

Erik Gaandt has written this article for the www.WhoIsHostingThis.com hosting review service. Erik is a freelance technology writer and internet marketer whose articles appear on various tech blogs.

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