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How to login to cPanel

Updated on June 19, 2013
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What is cPanel?

Cpanel is the short form for control panel. If you are familiar with the control panel on your computer, you should have a rough idea what Cpanel is. What the control panel is on your computer, CPanel is to UNIX based web hosting. If you still have no clue what am talking about, the Cpanel is where you do all the administration work for your domain name if your web hosting company uses Linux servers. If you are familiar with plesk, then Cpanel would be the equivalent of plesk.

How to login to cPanel

What you need to login to Cpanel

The first thing you need to login in to cPanel is a domain name that is hosted on a Linux server. Before you register your domain name, it is important to find out what server your website will be running on as that will determine whether you will have cPanel or not. There are also some web hosting companies that have inexpensive packages which have no cPanel access so you want to make sure you know what you are signing up for before you hit that buy button.

After you have selected the domain name of your choice and gone ahead to register it, your webhost should send you the Cpanel login details to your email address. It is usually a lengthy email that has a number of important details but you should look for the section labeled : “new account information” Please note that different webhosts label it differently but the concept is generally the same across the board. Here is an example of how that section should have the details provided in the table below.

You just need the domain name, the username and the password. If the password was generated automatically by your webhost, then you should be having an almost impossible to remember password but it is very secure. You can still change the password for your domain name if you please but that is a story for another day.

Item
Description
Domain
yourdomainname.com
Username
your_username
Password
************
Server IP
the server IP address for your domain
Primary Nameserver
first name server address
Secondary Nameserver
second name address

How to login to cPanel

Once you have the login details, go to the address bar and type in your domain name with a forward slash and add the word cPanel then press the return key e.g.:

www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel

That should take you to the login screen which looks something like this:

cPanel login screen
cPanel login screen

From here, enter your login details and press the login button. Your browser will prompt you to remember the password. Do not chose remember option unless you are sure that you do not share your computer with people that might pose a threat to your domain name. All one needs to hijack your domain name is the login details to your cPanel. That should take you to the backend of your domain name where you can now carry out various administrative functions.

There is another way of getting to the backed of your domain without using the domain name. You can use the IP address of your website. If you check the same email address that had your username, you should also get the IP address for your domain name. The syntax is:

IP address:2082.

Assuming your IP address is 7.9.33.122 (just an arbitrary example) then you can log in to cPanel by entering

7.9.33.122: 2082

Common mistakes in logging in to cPanel

Sometimes, when you copy paste your login details to the login screen, you might get an error that your login credentials are wrong. This is because sometimes you might copy blank spaces which might be interpreted as characters in the password field. If that happens, try typing the password manually or try copying it to a text editor like notepad and then pasting it to the login window. If you still can’t access the back end of your domain name, then you might want to contact your webhost and request for a cPanel password reset. However, you will need to use the contact details that you provided when registering the domain name for your tickets to be responded to. This is for security purposes for your domain otherwise any other Tom Dick and Harry could get in touch with your webhost and request for the details and login to your CPanel thereby takeover your domain name.

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    • ronhi profile imageAUTHOR

      ronhi 

      5 years ago from Kenya

      MsDora, thanks for reading and leaving your feedback. Glad to have taught you something new :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for you instructions. Never even heard of cPanel before. Voted Up and Useful.

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