cPanel 101: How To Get Started

introduction to cPanelYou must have noticed that it’s not easy to get started with cPanel if you had never dealt with it. Furthermore, most of the experts speak in a high-technical language that makes the situation even worse. Still, 90% of the providers include cPanel in the web hosting plans and most of the websites need it.

So, what does cPanel mean and how to work with it? This article will answer these and many other questions. Keep on reading!

What Is cPanel?

cPanel or control panel is a tool or dashboard that helps website holders adjust their site and manage all of the elements. In fact, working with this tool is easy. Therefore, most of the web hosting providers use it to help their clients improve the site.

It allows website owners to:

  1. Adjust domain names to web hosting.
  2. Manage emails of the website.
  3. Install content management systems such as WordPress.
  4. Upload different content and work with it.
  5. Control your bandwidth usage.
  6. Back up the website.
  7. Fixing security settings.
  8. Install analytical and other helpful apps.

There are even more advantages of the control panel that you will open to yourself after this guideline. So, don’t stop – too much information is ahead.

Where To Find Access?

In fact, providing you with a username and password is the task of your web host provider. When you log in to your website hosting account, you will see the link to the cPanel. It might look like this:

The other way to reach the cPanel is to add the code 2082 (unsecured) or 2083 (secured) to the web address that you type in the search bar. It will look like

After that, the server will ask you to provide your username and password.

Brief Guideline To cPanel Interface: How Not To Get Lost?

When you enter your control panel, you will see something like this (or the latest version of cPanel interface):

cPanel start

If you don’t like the interface, you can change it. For this purpose, click “Preferences” and “Change Style”.

Three Bars Union

Three important buttons that you will need are search bar (at the top of the cPanel) that is responsible to help you find an option you can’t find, navigation bar (on the top right corner) that includes Search Features, Account Management, Notifications and Logout, and sidebar.

If you need to change the language, password, style, contact information, read the notifications, find something (the same is for search button but it’s available on any page), or log out, you should click the navigation bar.

navigation bar cPanel

You will need a sidebar to familiarize with the statistic (how much bandwidth and disk space are currently in use, how many file transfer protocol (FTP) accounts and domain names you have, etc.). You can also see your dashboard with the most popular links to your website. With the help of user management, you could add or remove users to/from your account.

There is nothing complicated in updating your contact information or changing the password. Still, new users can get confused while adding/removing a new user. So, let’s consider the issue in detail.

Adding Or Removing A User

You can share a website with another person. When you need to add the person to the account, you should click the “User Manager” icon in the Preferences:

add user cPanel

You can see three icons right from every user:

  • The Mail envelope shows that a user has an email account set up.
  • The Delivery Track is liable for access to FTP.
  • The Disk drive allows using the web disk services.

There are three options “Edit”, “Change Password”, and “Delete”. These options help to change and limit user’s actions. Above the list of users, you will see “Add User” button.

The button will take you to the next page, where you will mention contact information, create a password, and define the proxies.

Here you will adjust certain important options such as:

  • Adjusting email accounts and defining the space for every account.
  • Enabling/disabling FTP that can limit the right of the account to upload the files. It also defines the disk space that an account gets.
  • Web Disk also defines the actions of the user. “Read-Write” access allows doing more (depending on the directory). “Read Only” access allows only reading, downloading, and listing the files.

After you finish with all these options, you should click “Create” or “Create and Add Another”.

Managing Or Adding Domain Names

If you need to add a purchased domain name to your account, redirect the current domain, or manage subdomains, you should click “Domains” section:

manage domains cPanel

The first option “Addon Domains” allows adding new domains. For this purpose, you should mention your new domain name, the subdomain and document root:

  • New domain name is a registered name without “www.” part.
  • A subdomain is an additional domain for the original one. The users will never understand that they were redirected to the subdomain or from the subdomain.
  • Document Root defines the location of the new domain on the server.

You will finish after you click “Add Domain” button.

You can edit all subdomain and roots in the “Modify Addon Domain” in the “Addon Domains” section.

Speedy Installs

In order to speed up the work of your website, you can download different useful apps such as WordPress. Experts often call them one-click installs.

Firstly, you should visit “Software” section and then move to “Softaculous Apps Installer”:

manage software cPanel

Then the list of different apps will appear. Still, don’t be crazy about adding too many apps. Some of them can slow down the work of the website or even cause the delays.

This is only basic knowledge about cPanel. The most important thing that you should remember – there is nothing difficult in control panel management. All you should do is to try different options or to apply for help!