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Lesson 1 – Part 2 – Understanding your BlueHost Control Panel

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You’ve setup your hosting account with BlueHost and so it’s time to review the Bluehost home panel. It’s actually a combination of several things. It’s got part of it’s cPanel and it’s got some other hosting information and resources here.

Home Page and Hosting Page

Across the top of this page you have their menu with Home, which is what we’re looking at right now. You have Hosting and when you click on Hosting, this actually does take you to your cPanel. You can see there’s an awful lot of visual similarity between Home and cPanel. On Home, they’ve got this Getting Started section that sits up there at the top and then they’ve got this Main cPanel Features.

cPanel Features

The features shown in blue are displayed and you can see them here but if it’s in gray you can’t. But you can turn them on. For example, we can turn on database and now the database information is here. If we click on it again the database is not shown. This gives you sort of a quick start section if you wish to go ahead and to selectively turn on and off components.

Generally, I just start in cPanel which is going to shows all the features. You just click on the cPanel icon here and you have all those same options without the option of turning it on and turning it off.

Domains Page

That was under Hosting. Under Domains, you have a set of tools for registering additional domains or registering subdomains. It’s fairly simple for you to add another domain name to your account.

Host an Unlimited Number of Domains

BlueHost does let you host what they say is an unlimited number of websites or an unlimited number of domains. That is, there’s no specific limit on the number of domains you can have on your hosting account and so you can easily add additional domains.

Add Subdomains

You can also easily add additional subdomains. You would do that from this Domain section here.

Addons Page and Account Page

Under Addons, again you have all of these other things that they would be happy to sell you. Under Account, you have the rest of the information here about your account. This is the information that’s going to be held on file as the owner of the domain. There’s your contact information and the like.

Set Page Settings

Under Account you can set passwords, you can buy any products, you can set up your payment settings and you can set up your startup settings. Let’s click on Settings. And here, for example, you can choose after loging in to automatically go to the cPanel main page.

You could always pick a different login page and once you login it could take you someplace else instead. In any case, there’s some email settings and some payment settings as well.

cPanel/Hosting Page Options

So that’s the big overview of this. Let’s go back over to Home and take a look at the second menu that shows up here. One of the items you can choose is cPanel which again is essentially the same thing as this Hosting link up on the main menu. Click on either and it shows you all of cPanel.

Server – Verify Your Account

Let’s click on the Server icon in the secondary menu here. This says “Your account is currently not verified. Before continuing we need to verify your account”. You have a couple of choices, you can either verify by telephone or you can verify by email.

I’m going to verify by telephone and when I get done with that I will come back. So I was on hold for about 5 minutes to get that verified but now that it is verified, you can see the Server Management no longer shows that it’s not verified and we can proceed with whatever else we want to do.

Email

Besides Server there, here’s email and you can use this to set up email addresses which we’ll do in the next lesson.

Website

Under Website, it shows you 3 different systems it has for helping you create websites. Obviously we’re going to do ours in WordPress but there are other options available to you that are not as flexible or as powerful but nevertheless are available.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

You also have FTP and FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and it’s the way that you can transfer files from your computer to your host and back. We’re going to look at that in Lesson 4, Setup Your FTP System.

Database

Database is something you don’t really need to worry about. When we install WordPress, database will be automatically created for you but it’s generally not something that you have to interact with especially at a beginning level.

Manage IPs

Manage IPs is very much the same. There’s nothing that you need to do in order to manage your IP address or anything like that. You could add a dedicated IP address if you want to spend the extra money but otherwise, it’s just showing what the IP address is of your website.

cPanel – Area Review

Let’s return to the cPanel area. We’re going to spend most of our time together in cPanel and when we’re looking at cPanel it has a whole bunch of different sections and you can close and open those sections.

We’ll start off with Mail in Lesson 2, Setup and Configure Email, because we will be creating an email account for this website and hooking it up to your mail client.

Then they’ve got Website Builders and we’ll be using WordPress.

You can skip past the Mojo Marketplace. It’s essentially different ways of selling you other stuff through BlueHost.

Come down to File Management. We’re going to spend a little bit of time in Lesson 4, Setting up Your FTP, looking at the File Manager and looking at the file structure of your website but we won’t do that at the moment here.

Domain Management again, essentially follows the same stuff that exist up here on the Domains page.

Upgrades are generally just things that you can add to your account for a little bit of money. Professional Services are pretty much the same thing, Promotional are essentially credits free to use to advertise and if you like it you can continue paying for advertising.

Statistics shows you some visitor information. It’s actually pretty technical and it’s probably not the easiest way for a beginner to take a look at their Statistics. We’ll look at easier ways later when we get to Lesson 13, Integrating Your Site with Google. We have Integrating with Google for the Thesis 2 Theme and Integrating with Google for the Genesis 2 Theme.

Again, Security is something that you’re not going to do anything with at all. For Database Tools, whatever database work we do will happen automatically so you won’t need to use these tools.

Software and Services are exactly the same thing. They’re pretty advanced sections.

Preferences allows you to change a password. If you’re not working in English, you can change your language and they’ve got some how to videos, webinars and some getting started stuff. All of that is worth taking a look at.

This Advanced section, actually is advanced and I wouldn’t bother with any of this at all. And then they have people they like that they would refer you to and that’s what these links are.

And that’s pretty much your control panel. We’ll take a look at some of these sections in more detail in later lessons but there should be enough to get you started and help you around the site.

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  • Luis May 5, 2011, 5:25 pm

    I sent the same letter to you e-mail.

    Hello Rick I saw your vimeo video. My name is Luis and the video that I saw was “how to add self hosting videos to your site”, very helpful and thank you for sharing.

    I follow the exact step that you express in your video; however I still encounter a problem. Within your video tutorial, after I saw that you publish the video within your wordpress dashboard, when you press play within your actual web page I see that the video plays as soon as you hit the play button.

    After I publish my video, when I hit the play button it take close to 10 minutes for my video to begin to play, which is bad because the people that I share my videos with, will close the web page that my video is on simply because its taking too long to view the video. Please click here so you can see what I mean: http://www.luisagarciajr.com/testing-jwplayer-plugin/

    My question to you is why is this happening?

    Why is my video taking to long to play when I follow every step you explained?

    And, what is it that I have to do to fix this?

    I got everything you said in your video, but I would like for my video to play immediately right after the play button is pressed, please get back to me when you can, thank you so much, your video are great.

    From Luis Garcia.

    • Rick Anderson May 5, 2011, 6:09 pm

      Luis – the problem must be a combination of the size of the video and the speed of the server that is hosting it. It took 5 minutes for it to start on my end. I have a very high speed fibre-optic connection.

      I’d troubleshoot it by making a smaller shorter video to see what happens. You could also consider producing your video at a different quality level to reduce it’s size and load time.

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