Following along with these cPanel instructions

 The easiest way to gain cPanel experience is to following along with this information in one tab/window and logged into your hosting account in another tab/window.

The email containing new account details

You should have received an email from your hosting company containing information like the following:

Username: user
Password: abc123

Control Panel URL: http://123.123.123.123:2083/
Once your domain has propagated, you may also use 
http://www.your-domain.com:2083/

Server Information

Server Name: Server 1
Server IP: 123.123.123.123

If you are using an existing domain with your new hosting account,
you will need to update the nameservers to point to the nameservers 
listed below.

Nameserver 1: ns1.domain.com (123.123.123.123)
Nameserver 2: ns2.domain.com (123.123.123.123)

Uploading Your Website

Temporarily you may use one of the addresses given below to 
manage your web site:

Temporary FTP Hostname: 123.123.123.123
Temporary Webpage URL: http://123.123.123.123/~user/

And once your domain has propagated you may use the details below:

FTP Hostname: your-domain.com
Webpage URL: http://www.your-domain.com

Email Settings

For email accounts that you setup, you should use the following 
connection details in your email program:

POP3 Host Address: mail.your-domain.com 
SMTP Host Address: mail.your-domain.com 
Username: The email address you are checking email for 
Password: As specified in your control panel

Using cPanel

Using the Control Panel URL provided, username and password, log in to the Control Panel of your hosting account. The most common control panel is called cPanel. I will be demonstrating using cPanel.

Bookmark your cPanel page for easy access in the future. The URL is normally an address with “:2083” at the end. The address may start out as an IP address (four numbers with dots in-between) but will become your domain name, when your domain and hosting are connected (covered separately).

Once you have logged in, you will see the following page that looks a bit intimidating at first. I have closed many of the sections (dark bars) here, each containing many functions to fit the entire page on the screen:

cPanel main page

Don’t stress, you will only need the few functions below, to get your blog up and running and may only ever use 10-20% of the available functions.

       

I numbered a few important things on the page above to point them out:

#Description
1The nine-dot icon always brings you back to this main page.
2Use this filter field to narrow down the functions displayed. For example, type “email” to show only functions related to email.
3Each section in cPanel groups related functions. You can open and close the sections using the +/- on the right side. You can also drag the sections into any order that you use frequently. For example, you could drag the EMAIL section to be under the FILES section.
4Similar to 2. Use this filter field to narrow down the matching functions in a list.

Function filter

5This drop-down list will allow you to change user preferences. For example, Change Style, will allow you to change between a Basic, Dark, Light or Retro cPanel look.

cPanel user preferences

Related: On the main page, to the right, above the STATISTICS section, you will see a Theme drop-down. This may have additional options for the icons being displayed on the page. If yours don’t look like mine and you like mine, they are the paper_lantern theme.

6Logout will log you out of cPanel.
7At the very bottom, in the SOFTACULOUS APPS INSTALLER section, you will find WordPress which we’ll install soon.

Next: We will Create a web page visible on the internet.

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