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For example, you can forward all messages sent to billing@yourdomain, sales, and marketing all to the same address: tom@yourdomain. That way, Tom will handle those email messages accordingly without having to check each of those accounts separately.

Most web-based control panels have support for mail forwarding built into them. If, for some reason, you do not have that option, you can create forwards manually. To forward email from one address to another, use email aliases. To create aliases, edit the /etc/aliases file and add lines like the following:

billing: tom

That will forward all mail sent to “billing” to “tom”. Once you have created your alises, save the aliases file and run: “newaliases” from the command line.

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Control panel demos Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:46:42 +0000 cockpit controls
If you’re undecided between a group of hosts, one important feature that many customers overlook is the control panel. You will spend quite a bit of time configuring your website and setting things up in the administration panel, so you should make sure you are comfortable with the layout.

One good feature to look for is one-click backup to your computer. Don’t count on web hosts to make backups for you. It’s much easier to handle them yourself, and control panels like cPanel that generate a download your site files with the click of a mouse are especially handy.

Other handy features include one-click CMS installation, database management and web FTP. But most importantly, the panel’s interface should be easy-to-use and intuitive.

How to create a table using phpMyAdmin Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:31:36 +0000 phpMyAdmin new table screen
After you create a MySQL database, the next thing you will most likely want to do is to fill it with data. To do that, you need to setup tables. If you are installing a content management system or other type of script with an installer, it will probably create the tables for you. If that is not the case, you must create the tables yourself. While creating them from the command line is not terribly difficult, using the phpMyAdmin web interface is probably the easiest method.

To create a new table, follow these steps:

1. Login to your phpMyAdmin installation either through your control panel or directly.

2. On the left, click the database you want to manipulate.

3. At the bottom, underneath the current tables, find “Create new table on database” and enter the name and number of fields each row will have.

4. Enter the field names (each row will have a name assigned to it)

5. Select the data type. The default INT is for integer (i.e. a number). You can see a complete lists of data types on the mysql website

6. Select a maximum length or leave it blank

7. Set the type of collation, essentially the encoding, such as UTF-8.

8. When you have all of the information inputed, scroll to the bottom and click “Save”.

With that, you are all finished with your first table.

What is a good control panel for a game server host? Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:13:34 +0000 gamer
If you use your dedicated server for gaming or plan on joining the game server hosting business, you’re probably wondering what control panel you should use. A number of options exist, but here’s a brief overview of the most popular choices:

TCAdmin– Although one of the most expensive control panels, TCAdmin is very stable, uses the least resources, and is fairly user-friendly. However, it is limited to Windows only.

GameCP– While significantly cheaper, GameCP users often complain about bugs and slow updates. Works on Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows.

cPGS– This cPanel add-on is great if you already have a server with the control panel installed, but few games are supported. Choose this solution only if you play older titles like Medal of Honor or Counter-Strike.

Of course, there are many more panels out there. But because of the small size of the game server market, few firms seem willing invest in a solid game server control panel.

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Fast control panel script installation Tue, 09 Mar 2010 17:59:36 +0000 Fantastico script installer
As the web hosting industry becomes more competitive, web hosting providers need to provide extra services and features to stand out from the rest. One common service that numerous hosts offer is script installation. Usually managed in the host’s control panel, users can use the service to automatically install content management systems, photo galleries, forums, and other web-based software.

Ideally, script installation should be fast, easy to use, and should be simple and direct, avoiding any hacks that make the installations incompatible with normal installations (in case the user ever needs to move their data to another server). But not all hosts are equal in these areas.

Go Daddy, for example, is a well known and highly advertised host, but their control panel scripts installation is mediocre at best. When a user sets up an installation of a script, Go Daddy’s control panel will queue it and make the user wait an undetermined amount of time before the script is actually installed. It is very slow and can be frustrating to a website owner who purchased an account expecting clean and fast script installation.

Control panel gallery scripts vs. third-party photo services Tue, 09 Mar 2010 17:55:37 +0000 Gallery
Many website owners need photo galleries for their content. There are essentially three options for someone who wants an online photo gallery:

1. Use one of the gallery scripts supplied and installed by your web hosting provider (if available)
2. Download a free or commercial gallery application and install it on your server
3. Use a third-party photo sharing or gallery hosting site.

The advantage of a locally hosted gallery on your own server is that you can usually easily export your gallery and take it to another host. You also have full control over customization and features (especially if you are using an open source product). With option #1 the biggest disadvantage is that you are limited to whatever your web host provides, which may or may not be available if you switch to another host. The disadvantage of #2 is that you are responsible for updates and maintaining the security and stability of the gallery.

Option #3 eliminates the disadvantages of #1 and #2. Your gallery is maintained by another company and hosted on a remote server. You never have to worry about upgrades. The big disadvantage is that you do not have control over your own content and may not be able to easily export it and take it to another host or gallery.

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What really irks me about Go Daddy's control panel Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:15:28 +0000 godaddy checkout
I’ve worked with a number of domain registrars over the years and have had to navigate through dozens of different control panels in the process. While no interface or check out process is perfect, the control panel I hate using the most has to be Go Daddy’s. Why? The company barrages me with dozens of special offers every time I register a domain.

I know what I want to buy and would rather not be told what I need. I don’t want a .net and .org with my .com, and I’m most certainly not reserving a .name. I’m not doing ecommerce so I don’t need SSL. Getting indexed in Google isn’t hard, so I won’t buy your search engine submission package.

Go Daddy should stop overwhelming their customers with “special offers.” Granted, a lot of online stores do this and Go Daddy does offer an express checkout, but even that entails scrolling through a long page of ads. Out of all the registrars, Godaddy is by far the most annoying to order from. And no, a couple of hot girls doesn’t make up for it.

The importance of control panel demos Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:23:28 +0000 control panel
To interact with your web hosting account and services, chances are good you will have to use a control panel. This software comes in many shapes and sizes (the most common is cPanel), but all will let you perform administrative functions like set up email and FTP accounts, manage DNS, and check bandwidth usage.

Beyond basic functions, control panels can differ significantly, however. Before signing up with a new host, it’s always a good idea to try out a demo of the control panel. How easy-to-use is the interface? Are all the features you need there? Depending on the features and complexity, you could face a very steep learning curve or know your away around from the get-go.

Most web hosts provide links to control panel demos on their sites. If you are not given an opportunity to see the control panel before committing, find another provider. The control panel act as your arms and legs as you interact within your web host’s world, so it’s important that it work well.

How to create subdomains in cPanel Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:26:07 +0000 cPanel subdomains settings
A subdomain is an nice way to make a sub-section of your website stand out. For example, if your domain is “”, and you want the “store” to be noticeable, you could create a subdomain called “”. Creating subdomains in cPanel is much quicker and easier than trying to do it manually with Apache configuration files. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Login to your cPanel on your web server.
2. Scroll down to the “Domains” section.
3. Click “Subdomains”
4. Where it says “Subdomain”, enter the prefix you want before your domain name (i.e. “store”).
5. In the drop-down menu next to it, select your domain (i.e.
6. By default, cPanel will place the document root for the new subdomain under the document root for your default domain. If you want it called something else or stored somewhere else, modify that box, but be careful not to mix files unintentionally.
7. Click “Create”.

Once you have created your subdomain, you can modify the settings any time in the “Modify a Subdomain section”, simply by clicking on the document root path of the one you want to edit. It will take you to the file manager for that subdomain. Clicking “Manage redirection” will cause the subdomain to redirect to the URL of your choice.

How to setup email forwarders in cPanel Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:55:34 +0000 cPanel forwarders
Question: How can I use cPanel to forward emails sent to addresses in my domain to another email address?

Answer: The web-based control panel called cPanel makes it easy to create email forwarders. A forwarder allows you to setup any number of virtual email addresses within your domain and then forward emails sent to them to one or many different addresses. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Login to cPanel.
2. In the “Mail” section, click “Forwarders”
3. Click “add Forwarder”
4. Where it says “Address to Forward” enter the part of the email address that comes before the @ symbol. This should be a prefix that does not already exist as a real email address.
5. In the dropdown menu, select the domain name (if you have more than one).
6. Under “Destination” you can forward emails to an internal or external address, discard and return an error message, or “Pipe to a Program”, meaning that a script will handle the emails.

That is all it takes. Now email sent to the address you specified will automatically be forwarded wherever you want.