How To Monitor Resource Usage & Metrics In cPanel

As a website owner or admin, you really don’t want your systems or systems you manage for someone to run out of resources.

Yes, it is true that 2cPanel offers unlimited bandwidth and disk usage for all hosting packages.

But keeping an eye on these resources help ensure that you do not violate our Fair Use Policy.

The hosting tutorial below will help you figure out how to monitor resource usage in cPanel.

The best approach to ensure that you are top of things is to make it a habit to take a closer look to see how your website resources are being used, what kind of request is being made to your website and where these, are coming from.

Knowing about these can also help you (among other things) determine:

  • how to reduce memory usage or disk usage.
  • where your customers are coming from and where to focus your marketing effort.
  • figuring out the pages that are taking too much time to load.
  • identifying links on your website that your visitors are trying to access but are no longer available.

cPanel has built-in tools via the control panel interface that you can see things as clear as the day.

You can view resources such as Disk Usage and the Metrics pane gives you access to Bandwidth, CPU and Concurrent Connection Usage along with log analyzers: Awstats and Webalizer.

Disk Usage

One of the basic task as a website owner probably managing the files/directories in your hard disk space.

The interface you see at Files >> Disk Usage displays information about how you use your account’s disk space after logging to cPanel.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of information that your server transfers and receives.

For example, if your domain sends 5 MB of information to a visitor’s computer, you use 5 MB of bandwidth.

The interface located at Metrics >> Bandwidth displays bandwidth usage information in several sets of graphs.

Each graph contains information about bandwidth usage over a specific period of time.

The graphs display bandwidth information in six categories:

  • HTTP — Web traffic.
  • POP3 — Email that your accounts received.
  • IMAP — Email that your accounts received.
  • FTP — File transfers.
  • SMTP — Email that your accounts sent.
  • Total (all services)

CPU

The core differences between the hosting packages that we offer are CPU and RAM.

And these are designed in such a way that each customer gets a fair share of the server’s resources.

When you as a customer hits the CPU limit, processes within that limit are slowed down to an acceptable limit until your website usage returns to its preassigned limits.

Your website will remain fully available during this time.

To monitor this or see when these happen,

  • Log in to cPanel.
  • In the METRICS section of the cPanel home screen, click CPU and Concurrent Connection Usage.
  • On the Resource Usage Overview page, cPanel displays a summary for your account.
  • To view detailed resource usage information for your account, click [Details].
  • To view resource usage snapshots, click [Snapshots].
  • In the calendar, select the date you want to view.

RAM:

To determine your account’s current memory usage,

Login to cPanel.

  • Login to cPanel.
  • Once in, look at the right-hand side of your cPanel interface.
  • Under Statistics, locate Physical Memory Usage.

The total memory usage for the hosting account will be displayed.

Please note that the Physical Memory Usage value also includes disk cache usage.

So the actual amount of physical memory usage you see might not entirely reflect true usage.

To drill down on this, use any of the statistics tools below.

As a 2cPanel customer, you can select metrics programs to process your log files and provide traffic analysis for your account’s domains by visiting cPanel >> Home >> Metrics >> Metrics Editor.

For each domain on your account, select the checkbox for each metrics program that you wish to use.

You can select from the following programs:

  • Webalizer
  • Analog Stats
  • AWStats

Click Save.

Awstats

You can find the Awstats interface once you log in to cPanel at Home >> Metrics >> Awstats.

AWStats (Advanced Web Statistics) is a powerful, full-featured web server logfile analyzer which shows you all your web statistics in graphs and tables.

The information you will include:

  • visitors,
  • pages hits & their HTTP codes,
  • operating systems,
  • browser information,
  • hours,
  • search engines,
  • links & keywords through which visitors access/find your website,
  • broken links,
  • robots
  • and other useful information.

Webalizer

Webalizer http://www.webalizer.org/ interface (available at cPanel >> Home >> Metrics >> Webalizer) also displays traffic statistics from the Webalizer statistics program.

To view Webalizer statistics, click View for the domain that you wish to view.

A new interface will appear and display a graph and a summary of the Webalizer traffic statistics for that domain.

To view detailed monthly statistics, click that month’s link.

A new interface will appear and display charts and tables with the following information:

  • daily and hourly statistics in graphs and tables.
  • the links through which visitors access your website.
  • HTTP codes.
  • operating systems.
  • browser information.
  • countries of origin.

Analog Stats

Analog produces a simple summary of all the people who have visited your site.

It is fast, provides great lightweight statistics, have limited content but can be helpful to see where your main users are from.

Been able to consistently monitor your website(s) gives you insights that you need to make better decisions regarding the hosting account and website(s) that it holds.

We suggest that you set on your Reminders an alert that prompts you every week or every two weeks to use these tools in your cPanel.

Published by Trax Armstrong

A figment of someone's imagination that doesn't really exist. He lives inside a sci-fi simulation, reads philosophical and metaphysical books when he is not fighting aliens that want to steal his soul & always quote Star Trek to make his points.

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