What is cPanel in WordPress? How to open and use cPanel?

Creating a website through WordPress is an easy task as compared to other CMS or custom based websites. As it offers GUI for most of the settings and things needed to be done. You can have no coding knowledge and still you can create a website using it. But wordpress only allows you to manage and manipulate the content which is displayed on the front-end. What if something bad happens to your server side or you’ve to make changes there?. You might contact your hosting provider in this regard or you’ve to go through complex coding. Keeping in view this problem, a solution was presented in the form of cPanel. So What is cPanel in WordPress? How to open and use cPanel?.

What is cPanel in WordPress?

cPanel is a linux based Graphical User Interface GUI dashboard which helps the website owners and hosting account holders to manage the web hosting along with the server management. Through cPanel you can install any CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and manage websites, domains, email accounts, web files and other hosting related things without having technical knowledge of it.

It is provided by most of the hosting providers with their un-managed and shared hosting plans, so that the users can easily configure and manage the data on hosting. It has two interfaces, a GUI known as cPanel and an interface for a server management called Web Host Manager (WHM).

How to Login to cPanel?

Firstly you’ve to make sure that cPanel is installed on your hosting end. After confirmation, there are many ways to access it which are described below.

1. Open cPanel through hosting

You can access the cPanel from your hosting account, they generally send an email consisting of a link which opens up the control panel. You can save that link or can look for that email in your mail box. Alternatively you can also use it through the button provided by most of the hosting providers.

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2. Open cPanel through Web Address

You can also access cPanel by adding certain text in front of your domain name. You can use :2083 or :2082 after the domain address to open it. If your website is using SSL certificate then use :2083 and if it is running without SSL certificate then use :2082

for ex:
https://website.com:2083 (SSL Installed)
http://website.com:2082 ( No SSL Installed)

Some hosting providers also support adding the word cPanel after the domain address like https://website.com/cPanel

You can now bookmark the cPanel page after it gets opened in front of you.

Is cPanel Free?

cPanel is not certainly free as it is developed by a third part firm and it isn’t also open-source. You’ve to pay if you want to use it. Most of the hosting companies provide cPanel free with their hosting package and the hosting account holder can use to manage the related tasks. Some companies also charge separately for it.

After the increase in their prices, many hosting companies and individuals started searching for their alternatives and many were introduced in the market but still it holds the major chunk.

What is cPanel email?

cPanel email is a regular mail which can be accessed through browser and app based webmail application. This usually is associated with business emails created with domains. You can send and receive emails through webmail. Most of the hosting and cPanel providers provide this feature for free so that you can use it for having business and regular conversations.

How to Access cPanel email?

There are many ways through which you can open and access cPanel email or webmail like through IP address, domain name and built in option, all of them are described below.

1. Accessing cPanel email through IP Address of Server

In first method, you can access the webmail through the IP address of the server, which is given by the hosting provider and can also be found in cPanel. Enter the IP address and port number after it like this, https://ip-of-server:2096 (For SSL) or http://ip-of-server:2095 (For non-SSL). You can also use word webmail infront of the IP like https//ip-of-server/webmail

After entering it in the address bar, press enter and it will open the login page of the webmail, from there you can login into it.

If you don’t know the IP address of server, you can locate it on right side of the cPanel. It will be present under Shared IP Address label.

2. Accessing cPanel email through Domain Name

You can also access cPanel webmail by adding certain text in front of your domain name. You can use :2095 or :2096 after the domain address to open it. If your website is using SSL certificate then use :2095 and if it is running without SSL certificate then use :2096

for ex:
https://website.com:2095 (SSL Installed)
http://website.com:2096 ( No SSL Installed)

Some hosting providers also support adding the word webmail after the domain address like https://website.com/webmail

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3. Accessing cPanel email via Built-in Option

The webmail can also be accessed through the email accounts option in cPanel. Just open cPanel and click on Email Accounts and it will take you to the next page. From here, you can select the email which you want to check, click on Check Email option in front it.

Next, you’ve to choose default webmail client from Roundcube and Horde. The hosting provider might’ve selected the one for you already.

Click on Open button and you will be redirected to the webmail inbox.

cPanel Webmail provides many features which can be used for increasing productivity like

  • Email Filters
  • Auto Responders
  • Contact Information
  • Spam Filters

How to Install WordPress in cPanel?

WordPress is a popular CMS and is used on more then half of the websites currently present on the internet. After purchasing a domain and setting up the hosting, now if you want to install wordpress through cPanel, just follow the steps below.

Open the cPanel and search for WordPress or other installers like Softaculous, Fantastico and QuickInstall. Most of the time its Softaculous, so we will discuss about that.

Also Check: How to Add Categories in WordPress Website

How to Install WordPress using Softaculous

Softaculous is one of the popular installer script used by most of the hosting providers. Through it, any web application like WordPress can be installed in few clicks.

Login to the cPanel account and search for WordPress or Softaculous installer. Click on it when you found it.

This will take you to the next page where you’ve to enter the data like selecting he default protocol whether it’s https:// or http://, if your domain has SSL certificate then select https, if not then http.

After that choose the domain on which you want to install wordpress and then leave the in Directory box empty.

Scrolling below it, you will find Site Settings options. You have to enter Site Name, Description along with the Admin Username, Admin Password and Email. All of these can be changed lately.

Remaining options are not compulsory, you can leave them if you want to and proceed to Installation by clicking on the Install button. It will take some time and also show a progress bar for you. After completion, it will display a congratulations message along with the link to access the dashboard.

Conclusion

cPanel is type of a management tool used for managing the website’s files, databases and other tasks related to server side. It is provided free with hosting plans by many hosting companies but if you want to use it on your own, then you’ve the pay for it. You can also install popular CMS like WordPress and other web apps through it. It is also used to access the webmail. Let us know in the comments for which purpose do you use it.

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