What Is cPanel? Beginner-Friendly Explanation and Tutorial

What Is cPanel? Beginner-Friendly Explanation and Tutorial

What is cPanel? In a nutshell, it helps you manage your web hosting via a simple, non-technical dashboard. It lets you access important hosting features and configurations that would otherwise require technical knowledge.

Many popular web hosts use cPanel, so understanding what cPanel is and how it works will help you get more from your web hosting.

In this post, we’ll explain more about what cPanel is and then show you how to perform some key actions using your cPanel dashboard.

What is cPanel and why do you need it?

Similar to WordPress, cPanel is a user-interface that makes a complicated system more manageable for developers and average users.

You typically encounter cPanel as the primary control panel for shared hosting accounts. For instance, Bluehost (review), HostGator (review), and GoDaddy all utilize the cPanel interface.

This is an example of InMotion’s cPanel. It’s close to the standard you would find on all hosts, but some things will change depending on your host.

In short, cPanel provides the navigation, buttons, links, and graphics needed to make hosting and file management more “human,” or understandable.

Some of the areas you can manage on the cPanel include the following:

  • Website file organization.
  • Software installation, like installing WordPress.
  • Email account creation and management.
  • Domain and subdomain creation and management.
  • Database search, backups, and management.
  • User management.
  • Passwords and security.
  • Much more.

Without the help of cPanel, only those with advanced technical knowledge could manage a server, or a website for that matter.

The cPanel interface has been the go-to control center for most shared hosting services, along with some other managed options. However, managed WordPress hosts typically create their own online interfaces.

Overall, cPanel bridges the gap between complexity and user-friendliness. It’s still somewhat intimidating for many people just getting started with hosting. However, it’s one of the best solutions for managing your site files without having to hire a developer.

How to access cPanel and log in

You can only get cPanel if your host uses it.

If that’s the case, your host should give you a direct link that you can log into for complete access. For example, here’s how it works at InMotion Hosting.

If you can’t find the link, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to your browser and put the cursor in the address bar.
  2. Type in your site URL.
  3. If your site begins with http, add :2082 to the end, like this: http://www.examplesite.com:2082.
  4. If your site begins with https, add :2083 like this: https://www.examplesite.com:2083.

Log in using the username and password provided by your host. Most

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This article was written by Joe Warnimont and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.

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