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cPanel – The Basics
What is cPanel?
It’s a control panel where you can manage every element of your hosting account.
Because it’s such a simple graphical dashboard, and because cPanel is well-maintained with regular updates, improvements and security measures, most hosting companies use cPanel to help their customers manage their websites.
What can I do with cPanel?
A lot! This is where you’ll come to…
- Connect domain names to your hosting
- Set up emails for your site
- Install WordPress (or another content management system)
- Back up your website
- Upload files
- Check your bandwidth usage
And a whole lot more – like changing security settings, checking out your website’s analytics and installing helpful apps.
How do I log in?
If this is your first time logging in, your hosting provider should have provided you with the necessary username and password you’ll need.
Most hosting companies have links to your cPanel once you’ve signed into your hosting account.
For example, this is where you can log in on an example hosting provider, right at the bottom of the “My Account” page:
The fastest way to log into your cPanel is to type your web address into the search bar, followed by :2082 (unsecured) or :2083 (secured).
You’ll then be asked to provide your username and password.
What if I need more help?
This guide explains all the basics and gives you step-by-step instructions for tackling some of the most common tasks like setting up email accounts and domain names.
If you need a bit more help, cPanel has some video tutorials here.
There’s also LOTS of documentation available on every internal cPanel page, usually listed along the top like so: