CPanel is a fully featured web-based control
panel that allows you to manage your domain
through a web interface. The idea is to
transfer as much of the control and responsibility
of managing your web site to you. You have
the ability to manage all aspects of e-mail,
files, backup, FTP, CGI scripts, and web
The Mail Manager allows you to manage all
aspects of your email, from adding new accounts,
managing mailing lists, and setting spam
filters. There are quite a number of options
available, all of which are listed below:
Add/Remove Accounts: Use this to add or
remove POP3 email accounts. POP3 email accounts
are "email boxes" within your
hosting account, where your email is stored.
When you create a POP3 email account, you
will want to also setup your email program
(i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express,
etc.) to "retrieve" your email
Default Address: It is good practice to
always set a default email address. Doing
so will basically tell your hosting account
how to handle incoming emails that you have
not setup an account for. In other words,
if you want several email addresses to all
go to the same email box, then you only
have to create the one email box (as described
above in Add/Remove Accounts), but then
set your Default Address to the email address
you created above. Then if someone sends
an email to an address you have not setup,
that message will still get delivered to
your POP3 email account.
Alternatively, you can set your Default
Address to an email address that does not
even exist in your hosting account.... like
your main ISP email address.
Auto-Responders: Auto-responders are email
messages that are sent automatically when
an email arrives for a specific email account.
auto-responders are most commonly used for
an "Out of Office" style message
to inform your correspondents that you are
not available, without you having to reply
manually. You can have more than one auto-responder
on one account. You can use plain text or
include HTML code in the auto-responder,
and choose from a wide variety of character
Block an Email: You can block an email
using spam filters. There are many definitions
of spam, but one of the most useful ones
is the following:
"Spam: unsolicited email, usually of
a commercial nature."
Spam is the electronic version of junk mail,
and has been around since the Internet was
created. Spam filters are a way of filtering
your email to remove unwanted mail based
on a variety of criteria. You can block
any sort of email, not just mail of a commercial
nature. Blocked mail is deleted automatically
- it does not even bounce back to the sender.
These filters are quite flexible, and very
useful if you do not want to receive email
from a specific email address.
Forwarders: Forwarders simply allow you
to automatically forward email sent to one
account to another account. This is useful
when you work at two separate locations,
or have gone on holiday.
Mailing Lists: The control panel includes
a popular mailing list script called Mailman.
Mailing lists are an ideal tool for communication
between far flung participants and can be
about anything you want. Mailman allows
you to set up a mailing list with a large
number of configurable options, such as
who is on the list, where mailing lists
messages are sent, and whether you include
welcoming messages to new subscribers. The
Mailman documentation, which is incorporated
into its Administration panel, is clear
and helpful, and should be referred to for
all questions about using the script. For
more information about MailMan, please consult
their homepage at: http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/mailman.html
Spam Assassin: Spam Assassin is a mail
filter installed on a mail server used to
identify spam. It checks for spam using
a large number of pre-set rules that check
the header, body, and sender of all email
messages sent to your domain mailbox. For
more information about Spam Assassin, refer
to the Spam Assassin website: http://spamassassin.taint.org/index.html
Modify Mail Exchanger (MX Entry): The control
panel manages your email through its own
mail server. However, by altering your MX
(Mail Exchange Record) Entry you can point
your email to another mail server, if this
Note: We will not be able to manage your
email if you change your MX Entry setting.
Note: All email options can be used in
conjunction with each other. For example,
you could set up an auto-responder on your
main account to email an "Out of Office"
message, a forwarder to send the email to
your uncle's house where you are staying,
and a spam filter to reject all email with
"credit" in the subject line.
This flexibility is what makes email so
powerful as a communication medium.
Read Web Mail
You can read your online email using NeoMail
or Horde. Both of these popular webmail
scripts allows you to read your email, save
them, keep an address book, and perform
all of the other basic email functions that
you are used to. The main difference between
NeoMail and an offline email applications,
such as Eudora or Microsoft Outlook Express,
is that all of these functions are performed
online, rather than on your own computer,
and offline applications generally provide
many more features.
NeoMail or Horde is optional. You can still
use your favorite offline email applications,
if you prefer. You can even use a combination
of NeoMail or Horde and another tool - you
can check your e-mail online, perhaps when
you're at work, and download your email
to your computer when you get home. You
can automatically configure Outlook Express,
or manually configure other mail applications.
Your domain password is the password you
use to log on to your control panel. The
ability to occasionally change your password
is useful to maximize your site security.
You should always change your password if
you think someone else has access to your
Domain pointers allow you to "point"
or "park" additional domain names
to your existing hosting account. This will
allow users to also reach your website when
entering the "parked" or "pointed"
domain into their browsers.
For Example: Let's say you own the business.com
and innovation.com domain names. You already
have a web site for business.com, but you
do not want to create a new website for
innovation.com at the moment. By parking
innovation.com on top of business.com, all
URLs for innovation.com will automatically
go to business.com instead.
Addon Domains work very much like domain
pointers, except you setup the new domain
names to point to a "sub-directory"
of your hosting account.
For example: Let's say you have your hosting
account set up as yourcompany.com, but you
also own the domain name newsite.com. With
the Addon Domain feature you can setup newsite.com
to "point" to a sub-directory
like yourcompany.com/newsite. You can then
build a new website in that sub-directory,
and anyone who types www.newsite into their
browser would be forwarded to the website
you created in yourcompany.com/newsite.
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