An Introduction to cPanel

Accessing cPanel

The first thing you’ll want to be able to do is obtain access to your cPanel account. There are a few different ways to access this though. The first way is to log in to your WHM account which we will provide you a link, username, and password for when your server is ready for use. Then the easiest way to access your cPanel account is to go up to the top left of your screen and and the search box type “list”. Then choose ‘List Accounts’.

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Once you’ve pulled up the ‘List Accounts’ page, you’ll see a list of all your domains. You should see a list similar to the following:

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Here you will be able to access cPanel by clicking on the cPanel icon.

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Another way to access cPanel would be to type directly into your URL bar the IP address followed by the cPanel port, which is 2083. So the URL for this specific IP address would be

https://166.63.0.74:2083

If you access cPanel this way you will need to provide login information for this cPanel user.

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Now that you’re logged in you can manage your account by editing files in the file manager, creating FTP accounts, setting up email addresses, and more.

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Configuring Hostname

Systems in the information age have grown. Any system may have multiple interfaces, each with multiple addresses, and each of those addresses could have multiple DNS entries associated with it. So What does a ‘Hostname’ do?

A ‘Hostname’ is basically just a name that a server uses for identification purposes. Most servers when referring to themselves internally will use a name like ‘localhost’. Which isn’t a problem so long as only a single server is being referenced. However when servers communicate with each other it becomes necessary to distinguish between the two. That’s where the hostname comes in. Imagine if 40 servers all connecting with each other were all named ‘localhost’. That would get out of hand pretty quickly.

So how do I configure my Hostname?

Within WHM using the search bar, search for ‘Change Hostname’.

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This is where you can set up or modify your hostname. It is also important when given the option to add an A entry for your hostname as well. This helps with the communication from server to server.

Configuring Nameservers

Your nameservers are what tell anything directing to your domain where to go.  Whether that be email, FTP, website requests, and more. You can find more information about this here.

Setting the Server’s Shared IP

If your server has multiple IP addresses¬† you may want to set up a default IP address that your domains will automatically be set to when creating a new account. This IP address will be shared between any domains that get assigned to that IP. You can change the default by typing in the top left search bar ‘Basic cPanel & WHM Setup’, then clicking on ‘Basic Config’. The very first option here will allow you to set this to your liking.

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Creating Packages

Creating a package for your domains can be a useful tool when creating a large number of domains. The basic Idea is that you can create a template for specific domains to fit into, and you can create multiple of these templates for different purposes. You can find more information about this here.

Creating Accounts

Creating an Account is somewhat basic, however it is extremely important to be able to successfully create an account within your WHM. It is the base to which your domains are built, and you can find additional information about creating and managing your accounts here.

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