What is cPanel
cPanel is short for Control Panel, which is a very fitting name. It is a very powerful interface webmasters use to do daily tasks. It makes it easy for users to create emails for their domains, and simple to make more FTP accounts.
cPanel makes it easy for you to see how much disk space you are using and how much bandwidth you have used for the month at a simple glance. It also provides you with information such as how many emails you are using, how many domains you have attached to your account and the current status of the server you are hosted on.
It is a powerful tool because you can do very advanced tasks such as creating CRON tabs, and administering MySQL databases. This is great because it suits all sorts of webmasters. The more advanced users will take full advantage of those power user features, but beginner webmasters will have no need for them, but still have them there in case they need them for something.
cPanel has some amazing software built into it that allows you to view very in depth information about the people who are visiting your website. Most people use AWStats to view their website statistics, which is a very powerful tool. It allows you to see what pages your visitors are going to, how long they are on your website, and even the country they are coming from.
Security is a big deal these days, and cPanel will have you covered. You can easily password protect entire directories, you can deny IP ranges from coming to your site, and protect your site from hot linking. These features are very useful when you get people spamming your forum or your blog with pointless posts or comments.
One very useful feature that most web hosts have in their cPanel is software called Fantastico De Luxe. This will allow you to install a variety of website scripts in 3-4 clicks of your mouse. What would usually take a couple hours and a software engineering degree now takes 5 minutes of your time. You can typically install things like Forums, WordPress, Joomla, Mambo, CubeCart, and other image gallery scripts. The list varies from host to host as they usually add in their own content to try and be different. This sort of automatic install is what really sets cPanel apart from its competitors.
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Sharepoint – More Than Just Document Storage
My Management Team decided to use a SharePoint for a few of its basic features a few months or so ago. Our hosted SharePoint solution was really meant to be used for document storage and task lists, which were incredibly helpful and made us more productive. It is also great when members of our team are out on the road; they have access to the same resources over the web, as they would in the office. And it is completely secure to share those documents among us.
So with how addicting it is, we’ve recently made use of another feature that has become incredibly addictive! While we work out of our office, occasionally we find members of our team travelling from time to time, to meet clients, vendors, etc. It makes it difficult to manage everyone’s schedule, and plan for meetings when we can be going up to twelve different directions at the same time.
Seems simple, right? But what was really great, is that this calendar can integrate right into Microsoft Outlook 2007, which our entire team was already using. So, while we were scheduling our client and vendor meetings, if a meeting was already scheduled in our SharePoint calendar, we could see it, right there in Outlook! A user doesn’t even have to log into the hosted SharePoint account: Outlook will even allow you to drag and drop calendar entries between your Outlook calendar and your SharePoint calendar. It makes it so much easier to coordinate all of our meetings, without the embarrassment of having to cancel and reschedule.
What makes the Calendar really easy to use is that it can also integrate with a Meeting workspace that you set up. That is my next task; to find out how useful these Meeting workspaces are for us. But one thing is for certain: our hosted SharePoint has made it not only easy to use SharePoint, but easier to work out of the office.
Sharepoint – How to Manage Your Home Page Desktop
If you have read any of my other articles you know that I am a look and feel kind of guy. I like neat, easy to use workspaces. As a result of this characteristic of mine, I had a strong urge to rearrange the desktop options on my Sharepoint home page.
It is my personal opinion that having a full, well organized calendar is one of the most vital aspects of quality business. If you know at all times what you are doing, when you are doing it, where you are doing it and whom you are doing it with then you are a step ahead of the majority of the world population. It is for this reason that I wanted to have the team calendar at the top of the home page rather than the bottom, where it is defaulted.
In trying to make this rearrangement, one of my coworkers and I made a very important discovery about using Sharepoint. If you are using Firefox as your web browser then your Sharepoint service will work differently than if you were using Internet Explorer.
What I will do here is go through the step by step process of editing your homepage shortcuts and then explain the differences you will experience when using either of the two browsers.
You will need to log in to your Sharepoint account with Admin access.
Once you are logged into your account click on the “Site Actions” tab located in the top right hand corner of your homepage.
Once you have selected this option a drop down menu will appear. The middle of the 3 options will be entitled “Edit Page”. You will select that option.
Now this is where it gets tricky. If you are using IE (Internet Explorer) you will be able to simply drag the different options to whatever position you would like it.
For instance, if you would like to move the “Calendar” option to the top of your home page, you very easily place your mouse arrow over the top bar of the “Calendar” box, hold your left click down and then drag the box to the top of the page.
Now, if you are like me and fancy the Firefox browser, then you will need to apply a bit more effort.
You will need to hit the “X” box to close each selection.
Next, you will notice that at the top of the page is a box that says “Add a Web Part”.
Select that option. Once you have done this, a pop up window will appear and show each item that you just deleted.
You will want to check the empty box next to each item that you wish to have displayed on your home page.
You will want to do one at a time so as to insure that Sharepoint uploads them in the correct order.
So, there you have it! Now go do it yourself!
Sharepoint – How to Edit Your Images
If you are anything like me, you suffer from OCD. I personally have to insure that all of my workspace is well organized, sensible, and looks great. Sharepoint gives you the ability to put a personal touch on each and every one of your pages and sub sites within the application. This is one reason why I have fallen in love with this service.
So how do you do it?
I start with changing the image. I like pictures and I think that they are very helpful in setting the right tone in an online meeting platform.
You will need to log in to your Sharepoint account and be under an admin access.
Once you are logged in you will need to click on the “Site Actions” tab located in the top right hand side of your screen.
Once you select the “Site Actions” tab, a drop down menu will appear. Your next click will be on the “Edit Page” tab.
This is where it gets tricky to explain without the convenience of face to face training.
On the screen in front of you, there should be an image that says something to the effect of Windows Sharepoint Services with the windows emblem. Surrounding that logo is a box with the title of “Site Image” directly above the logo I just described. To the immediate right of the “Site Image” title there should be a tab that displays an arrow pointing downward. Click on that arrow.
After clicking the downward arrow, another drop down menu should appear. Within that menu will be an option entitled “Modify Shared Web Part”. You will want to click on that selection.
Next there will appear a set of text boxes that can now be modified. You will want to delete the text that lies in the box entitles “Test link”. This box is the very top box.
Replace the text that you just deleted from that box with the URL of the image you would like to have displayed.
You now have a new image.
A quick note: If the image you want to upload into sharepoint is not a web image or does not have a URL directing itself to the image, you will need to do 1 of 2 things.
1)Upload the image to the web. 2)Save the image into sharepoint
If you do not know how to save the image in Sharepoint, please see my article entitled “Managing your Sharepoint Photo Album”.