So, what is cPanel? Essentially, it allows you to manage your hosting via a simple, non-technical dashboard. It helps to perform important hosting actions and change web-server configuration. That would otherwise require the technical experience.
By the way, almost all web hosts offer cPanel as the default dashboard for server management. It comes with two interfaces: a user interface cPanel and a server management interface namely Web Host Manager (WHM).
What is cPanel?
As you can see, cPanel offers a user-friendly interface that makes complex operations as simple button clicks. In other words, it provides the navigation, buttons, links, and graphics needed to make hosting and file management more “human,” or understandable.
The dashboard gives access to such systems as file organization; software installation, for instance, installing WordPress; Email account management; domain and subdomain management; database search, backups, and management; user management; passwords and security; and much more.
This panel allows managing a server even without advanced technical knowledge. Frankly speaking, it connects the gap between complexity and user-friendliness.
Nevertheless, cPanel is not free because it is a third-party application. However, most hosting providers supply it free for the first period like a year, and then charge a fee for subsequent years.
Nowadays, managed WordPress hosts typically offer their own online interfaces due to the rise in cPanel prices.
How to Login to cPanel
By default, you can log in to your cPanel using port 2083 of your website. In other words, you need to type in your address bar one of the following addresses:
Where “your-webserver.com” is your website name or IP address.
In the case, cPanel was installed by a hosting company they should give you a direct link that you can log into for complete access. Once you logged into the dashboard you can change the interface language from the list at the bottom of the cPanel login screen if you need it.
Depending on a hosting company, every cPanel looks different from hoster to hoster. This is because of the host’s branding and the way in which that company decided to organize this dashboard. For example, Bluehost customers will see different elements compared to those with GoDaddy Hosting.
Nevertheless, the main dashboard sections and features remain the same across all hosts using it. Most hosters provide you a software installer tools section. Therefore, you can effortlessly install WordPress, or Drupal, or others in a few clicks.
To find a WordPress installer you need to go to the “Scripts” or “App Installers” section.
The WordPress installation process is the same for every host. Go through the step-by-step wizard typing your WordPress login information if needed. After all, you will be shown an URL for login to your WordPress admin area.