How to use the Backup Feature in cPanel

Once you are logged into the cPanel, Go to the Backups icon and click on it.


You will see the main backup screen where you can backup, and/or restore the files in your hosting account.


There is daily,weekly and monthly backups available in cPanel. By clicking either of these options, you can download a copy of these backups to your local computer.
There is the manual backup section of the backup screen shown below where there are several ways to backup your files, depending on which files you want to backup.


You can backup Home Directory, MySQL database or only those files in specific sub domains or filters.

We will now see how to perform a full backup and save it to a remote FTP server. On the manual backup section of the backup screen, Click on Generate/Download a Full Backup link. You will get the below page.


Set Backup Destination to Remote FTP Server by using drop-down box.
Enter the Email address where you want a complete report of this backup to be sent. Enter the Remote Server where you want the backup to go.
Enter the FTP Username and the FTP password. Now click on Generate Backup.

You have created full backup to the remote FTP server. Click on Go Back. Again click on Go back.

Follow the below steps to backup the Home Directory. Click on Home Directory. A File Download box appears as shown below.


Click on OK. The Home Directory will be successfully backed up to our local computer. Now in order to restore the backup just made, Click on Browse button under Restore a Home Directory Backup. Locate and select the backup file you wish to restore and Click on Open button. Click the Upload button. The files will be restored.

By using Backups option, you can manually backup your files as often as you wish.

To change WHM password

To know how to login to your WHM panel, click here.

After loging into WHM, click on Password Modification link under Account Function. The WHM password will be the same as of the CPanel password for your main account.



Assume the main account is so lets learn to change it’s password. Under Users select abc123c then enter a new password. Scroll down and click on change button.


The main password used to login to WHM and Cpanel for is successfully changed.

Since we’ve just changed the WHM password, we are required to login again before able to do anything else in WHM.

Click on List Accounts under Account Information, Enter the new WHM password and click OK.


You will be logged back in WHM.


Now you will know how to change your WHM password. Although you can change the passwords for an account in your WHM, you cannot retrieve a lost WHM password. If in case you lose it, you’ll have to contact your reseller plan provider to have it reset or changed.

Getting familiar with the WHM interface

To know how to login to your WHM panel, click here.

WHM is your resellers control panel. The purpose of WHM is to give resellers the control they need to create hosting accounts, delete them, suspend them, upgrade them, and has several other tools to help manage the accounts. Every hosting account created in WHM has its own cPanel, an end user control panel.


In this center frame there are several icons these corresponds to the heading the left frame.

Clicking on an icon will bring up sub-icons that corresponds to all the tools available on the left.


Click the Account Information icon here. Here there are 5 tools available to be used under account information. Click on the corresponding icons to access any of these tools.

You can also click on the menu link from WHM home page. You can scroll down to see the total tools available in WHM.


In News link on top, you will get news from the reseller plan provider, if they use  this feature in WHM.


In change Log link you will get detailed information of your version of WHM, and its historical information about when it was updated and what changes were made.


You should now be much more familiar with WHM, and how to navigate its pages.

How to park a domain in cPanel


Domain parking is useful when you have additional domain that you want people  to use to get to your website. For example lets say your domain name is, but you also own the domain If you park one of the domains on the other, then both will result in visitors landing on your website.

Note: Domain parking will not work if you haven’t already updated the new domain’s nameservers to point to your account’s nameservers…so be sure to do that with your registrar first.

After you have logged into your cPanel, use the parked domain feature to park an additional domain name on this account.


Click on the Parked Domains icon.



After you have clicked on the Parked Domains icon, enter the domain you want to park.


Then click Add Domain button. The domain will be parked.



If you go back, you will be able to see the parked domain listed.


You can also remove the domains that has been parked. You just have to click on the Remove link.


Then click on Yes to confirm the removal of parked domain. Then the selected parked domain will be successfully removed.


That’s it ! You can return to parked domain page and set up as many additional  parked domains as your account plan will allow.



How to create an add-on domains in cPanel

Let’s use the Addon Domain feature to add another domain name to this account by clicking on the Addon domains link.


Enter the new domain name and the directory name in your main account where this new domain will be pointing.

Then enter a password for this new addon domain

Re-enter the password again and then click on Add Domain button


Then Go Back to home icon and select the FTP accounts link, scroll down. There is an FTP account  automatically created for the new Addon Domain

How to create a default (catch-all) email account in cPanel

Once you have logged into cPanel  ,let’s learn how to set our default email address by clicking on the  default address link.


All emails sent to an address you have not defined, will go to the email address you enter here.

Enter the email address you want as your default address here . And then click the change button.




How to setup email forwarding (redirects) in cPanel

Now we will learn how  to setup an email forwarder(redirect).Click on the forwarders link.

email forwarder

There are currently no forwarders setup in this account. Lets set one by clicking the Add Forwarder button at the bottom.

Add forwarder button


Here is where you add a new email forwarder, also known as email redirect.Enter an email prefix in the box and if you have more then one domain choose the one you want to create , In the second box enter the forwarding email address.

And click on the Add Forwarder button.


New forwarder


Getting familiar with the Plesk interface

Once you have logged into Plesk  ,let’s learn more about Plesk. Its available features, and how to navigate the various available pages.


Now, we’re currently signed in to the Home page of Plesk which you can always get back to by clicking Home link at the left menu.

Let’s have a look at the quick links located in the Main Menu.



This is Mail Accounts section for our domain where we can quickly add new mail resources and adjust mail settings.

Now, click on the Applications.



Here we can install various web applications for our domain.


In Settings section we can see the most commonly used Plesk features, scroll down to see all of them.




Next, scroll up and Click Up Level option here to get one level up.


The click on the Up Level option will take you to Home page again. Double-click Visited Pages to see the pages we’ve visited.


Double-click Favourites link to Add to Favourites.



Click My account to see the account’s preferences.


Back to Home page,there are many tools available , and are therefore divided into different groups.



The Mail group tools allow to create different mail resources and adjust their settings.

The Website group allows adding subdomains, domain aliases, web users and adjust the general web hosting settings.



The Files group contains File Manager, Backup Manager and SSH Terminal Tools.

In Applications & Services group you can install various web applications and order services such as Domain Registration.


The Statistics group tools allow monitoring your website’s traffic, resources and analysing logs.

With the help of the Additional Tools you can set up Scheduled Tasks, install SSL certificates, Limit bandwidth and create Custom Buttons.


The Domain Administration group provides tools for managing your personal account’s data.

Now scroll up.


In the top section we can see the IP address of our domain, the Disk space allotted and the Traffic used.



Now you should be more familiar with the Plesk new interface, its various features and tools available.




To login to Plesk as a domain user

Before you can login to Plesk, you must first open an internet browser window, and go to the IP address.



The IP address you use is the one provided to you by your web hosting provider. To login as a Domain User, enter your domain name as your login username. Then enter your password and login.




You’re now logged into Plesk as the Domain User, and can begin to set up email addresses, subdomains, databases, and dozens of other features.


Click Settings to configure a variety of settings for your account.


To click logout click the link here.