Am i missing something?

where can i administer my webserver? i want to password protect directories, change default page for domain, etc. i can’t seem to find any link to change these kind of settings from

Have you tried And to password protect, look under the Goodies tab (left side), and click htaccess/iprotect.

Oops! Not enough coffee yet- didn’t read your post right, that you had tried the panel. Should be able to use the goodies tab to set up password protected directories though. Am not sure how to change default home page (index.php, index.shtml, index.html… should work as is) from the panel, but you could put the following line in your main directory .htaccess file:
DirectoryIndex yourmainpage.html
It may be better to just rename your main page to index.html(or index.php, etc.).