First time user of Sentora-based control panel

Sentora is a free community-based open source hosting control panel. It is a very simple control panel and offers everything, well, almost everything to get your website online and please do not expect Sentora to be the same with commercials control panel, such as Cpanel.

If you have already accustomed to Cpanel, it will not be so difficult to use Sentora. To ease you (our customers), One Dollar Hosting will provide brief descriptions of Sentora for the first time.

One Dollar Hosting will start from categories available in the control panel:

Account Information

It is used to configure your email address, password and monitor package usage.

Server Admin

It is used to see PHPInfo and customize your themes for the control panel


There are some important features in this section.


You can backup your website with this feature. However, the feature is very limited. It can only backup the website folder that is available in public_html. Then, it will not backup your mysql or database. Other thing is, you need to access File Manager or FTP to download the backup that you have created.

If you have a plan to migrate your website to our server, you can do that by uploading your website (uncompressed or compressed file in tar.gz) through FTP as Sentora File Manager uploader is limited to 2 MB. Then, enter File Manager if you wish to extract your website (when you choose to upload the compressed file). Do not forget to change the CHMOD file permission of your compressed file to 777 then extract it.

Meanwhile, your Database need to be exported to phpMyadmin. Make sure you have created a database and a user to access the phpMyadmin.

After that, configure your website setting, for example, WordPress script has wp-config that need to be adjusted by changing the database name, database username and password. The editing can be done by using File Manager in Sentora control panel.

Cron Manager

To configure PHP scripts to run automatically at different time intervals


You can find some common questions about how to use Sentora on this subsection

Protected Directories

Password protect your web applications and directories.


Sentastico is an open-source package installation tool which will quickly and effortlessly copy a wide range of open-source web scripts to your hosting space and then re-direct you to the installer to enable you to personalize your setup! By using Sentastico you save time and bandwidth by not needing to upload large web scripts to your hosting space.

When you want to install a script, for example, WordPress, it will ask you to create database and database username. Do that first and continue to installation

Service status

You can check the current status of our services and see what services are up and running and which are down and not.

Webalizer Stats

You can view many statistics such as visitor infomation, bandwidth used, referal infomation and most viewed pages etc. Web stats are based on Domains and sub-domains so to view web stats for a particular domain or subdomain use the drop-down menu to select the domain or sub-domain you want to view web stats for. cr

Database Managements

Divided into three section. First, to create database. Second, to create user and assign user to a particular database. Third, to access phpMyadmin. When you click phpMyadmin, you will be asked to enter username and password that you have created on the previous sub sections.

Domain Management

This section holds the very important part in Sentora to manage your DNS, domain names, parked domain names, SSL certificate (available only for main domain), and sub domains.

For your information, after your Sentora account has been created, you have to configure your DNS first by doing this steps:

Click DNS Manager > Choose a domain name > Edit > Create DNS > Done

After you click Create DNS, the DNS will be configured. Do not make any change until your Domain name is properly propagated to One Dollar Hosting server.

Name Server (for Sentora only) for propagation:

Creating Sub Domains

Step 1: create the subdomain on the server

  1. Login to Sentora
  2. Click “Sub Domains”
  3. Enter sub-domain prefix and select the domain
  4. Use create new home directory
  5. Click “Create”

Step 2 : Setup DNS

If you are hosting your own domain name server inside Sentora:

  1. Enter Sentora “DNS manager”
  2. Select your domain
  3. Select CNAME tab
  4. Add a new record for the prefix of your sub domain
  5. Then click “Save Changes”

else go to you DNS provider and create the subdomain according to the interface provided.

It will take some times before your sub domain is online, so be patient.


To create email, aliases, forwarders, distribution lists, and access to webmail

If you want to use email client, you can use this setting:

POP3: mail.yourdomain.tld port 110

IMAP: mail.yourdomain.tld port 143

SMTP: mail.yourdomain.tld port 587

We do not provide secure access to your email address. So, we encourage you to add your email address to other Email providers such as Gmail or Outlook.

Reseller (available in basic, medium, and advanced hosting packages)

Sentora control panel is equipped  with reseller capability. Customers can create users and hosting package for the users.

Billing module is hidden in Sentora control panel because we have not tested it yet. The module name is xBilling which can create invoice and automatic payment. If you wish to test it, let us know by contacting us by email:

File Management

You can create FTP username and password to be used on a FTP client. To use Monsta File Manager you need to create FTP username and password. Monsta File Manager is a simple file manager.

If you want to do much more, such as extracting a compressed file, please use ‘File Manager’ module which do not required any FTP username and password.

So, what do you think? Ready to join Sentora?

For more information on Sentora please visit Sentora forum

If you have difficulties on using Sentora, contact us by E-mail or by submitting a ticket. We will give you response in 1×24 hours.

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