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How to Operate Your cPanel – Tutorial for Beginners

Posted by Allen on 23 05 2017.

First, you need to access your cPanel. The fastest way to access your cPanel is by following the URL:, though you can also select your hosting account by going to the client area.


You will be prompted to input your username and password. After you are successfully logged into your cPanel, you will have access to a range of options that you can use to set up your website on the server, create emails, and perform other tasks.


The cPanel Layout


Let’s check out the layout of your cPanel. It’s easy to navigate really. You just need to familiarize yourself with the many options.


There are two primary sections:


  1. The column on your right hand-side with your website statistics. This section displays general information, including your shared IP address, disk space usage, the number of databases and email accounts you have, and other data. The information will keep changing as you work on your website and account. Any notices regarding the web environment will also be listed here.


  1. Icons on the left hand-side. This side comprises cPanel features that are organized in sections for easy control. The most frequently used sections are “Preferences”, “Mail”, “Files”, and “Databases”. There is a search option on the right hand-side column to help you find specific features.


How to use the Different cPanel Features


Each section provides tools that allow you to perform specific tasks as follows:


  1. Use tools in this option to change the password of your cPanel web account, update your contact details, or simply change the cPanel theme/background to something you prefer.


  1. These tools allow you to monitor your disk usage and schedule online website backups.


  1. These tools allow you to track the users who have accessed your website and provide assistance with debugging your web applications.


  1. These tools allow you to set up password protected directories.


  1. Use this option to redirect URLs in your domain to a new URL


  1. Comprises tools for creating new MySQL databases and managing them online.


  1. Software/Services. This tool lets you initialize PEAR for your PHP applications, after which you can install PEAR packages.


  1. These tools allow you to customize different elements such as how the web server works with some file types (Apache Handlers); how errors are displayed to site visitors (Error pages); regular-recurring application scripts (Cron Jobs); or trace the route a domain name is using to access the cPanel (Network Tools).


  1. Web Applications. You can install a website builder like WordPress from this screen. The first time you view the cPanel interface can be a bit overwhelming. But you only need to familiarize yourself with the important features first (mail, databases, and files), and learn the others when you need them.


Looking at the layout of the cPanel gives you a good idea how powerful it is. It makes almost everything easier. From website migration to website creation, you won’t go wrong choosing a web host with cPanel.