What is cPanel
cPanel is a web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site.
It simplifies tasks such as:
- Uploading and managing web pages;
- Creating email accounts;
- Installing web-based applications like blogs, shopping carts, and forums;
- Backing up data;
- Protecting a site’s content and bandwidth from abuse;
- Generating and viewing statistics about visitors; and
- Reviewing error logs to locate broken links and other problems.
How do I access cPanel
1. cPanel can be accessed by typing www.yourdomain.co.uk:2082 into your browser.
2. Enter your cPanel username into the ‘Name’ field.
3. Enter your password into the ‘Password’ field.
4. Click ‘Login’
Note: You will be greeted by a cPanel startup page on your first login; we recommend completing the “Getting Started Wizard”
The cPanel Home Screen
The cPanel home screen provides access to all of your cPanel functions.
You can reach the cPanel home screen from anywhere in the interface by clicking the ‘Home’ button at the top left corner of the screen, or the ‘Home’ link at the bottom of the screen. From the Home screen, you can reach any of cPanel’s features.
You can change the order in which the feature-related boxes, such as Mail and Files, appear on your home screen. This can be useful for organizing the cPanel interface to better suit your needs. To change the location of a box:
- Click and hold the box’s heading bar.
- Drag it to its new location.
The information boxes can also be minimized or “hidden” by clicking the icon in the top right corner of the heading bar.
To hide a feature box:
- Click the arrow at the top right side of the box. This will collapse it into a heading bar
Note: The options you see on your main cPanel screen may differ from the ones described in this and other cPanel documents, depending on the way we have configured cPanel. If you have questions about your configuration, please contact us.
The home screen is split into a number of sections, all of which are explained in seperate articles within our knowledgebase.
The Find function can help you quickly locate a feature of cPanel. Simply type a keyword into the ‘Find’ box on the left side of the screen. The menus on the right will automatically filter to show the results.
To show all features of cPanel, click the ‘X’ button to the right of the Find text box.
The Stats menu shows exactly how much of your hosting account’s resources have been used. For example, it tells you the number of FTP accounts, email accounts, and databases you have left on your current hosting plan. This is important for monitoring your resource usage and can help you decide when it’s time to upgrade your hosting plan.
- Click ‘expand stats’ to see all of this data.
- Click ‘collapse stats’ to view only the first 5 stats.
The full Stats menu displays the following information:
- Main Domain – The primary domain on your account.
- Home Directory – The folder, located on your web server, in which your website’s folders and files reside.
- Last login from – The IP address from which you last accessed your cPanel account.
- Disk Space Usage – The amount of disk space that your account occupies on your web server in Megabytes. This number appears next to the amount of disk space your account is allocated.
- Email Accounts -The number of email accounts associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
- Subdomains – The number of subdomains associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
- Parked Domains – The number of parked domains associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
- Addon Domains – The number of addon domains associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
- Ftp Accounts – The number of FTP accounts associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
- SQL Databases – The number of SQL databases associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
- Mailing Lists – The number of mailing lists associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
- Hosting package – The name of the web hosting plan to which you have subscribed.
- Server Name – The name of your web server.
- cPanel Version – The version of cPanel currently running on your server.
- cPanel Build – The build of cPanel currently running on your server.
- Theme – The version of the cPanel interface layout currently being used.
- Apache version – The version of the Apache software running on your web server.
- PHP version – The version of the PHP scripting language currently installed on your server. This information may be useful for installing PHP scripts.
- MySQL version – The version of the MySQL database software currently installed on your server. This information may be useful for installing MySQL databases on your website.
- Architecture – The type of microprocessor powering the web server.
- Operating system – The software running on the web server, which allows the server to operate.
- Shared Ip Address/Dedicated Ip Address – If your domain is assigned a dedicated IP, this field displays that IP address. If your domain is assigned to a shared IP, this field displays that IP address, which is potentially shared among multiple accounts on the web host’s server.
- Path to sendmail – The location of the sendmail program on your web server. This is useful if, for example, you create a script that lets visitors send you email using a form on your website.
- Path to PERL – The location of the Perl interpreter on your web server. This information is necessary for writing Perl scripts.
- Kernel version – The version of your web server’s kernel, which is the central operating system component, allowing the server’s software to communicate with its hardware.
- cPanel Pro – The version of the cPanel pro software currently running on your web server.