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What is cPanel? And Should You Use It?

by | Feb 6, 2023 | Website Hosting Blog

cPanel is an easy-to-use control console that makes managing a website simple. It brings together dozens of features into one handy tool. Its beginner-friendly interface is a big reason for its success. Despite this, cPanel actually includes some very advanced features.

With cPanel, you can manage almost every aspect of your server set-up, website, domains, email addresses and more.

In this short article, we’ll look at how this popular software started life. Then we’ll focus on its powerful email management and webmail features. Finally, we’ll show you how to get cPanel (it’s probably easier than you’re expecting!)

what is cpanel and should you use it?

The History of cPanel

It started life all the way back in 1996. Back then, the World Wide Web was just emerging. As businesses moved online for the first time, there was a big demand for tools that could simplify website management. Software developer John Koston created cPanel for customers of the company Speed Hosting.

Soon, cPanel, LLC became a company in its own right. Today, web hosting providers purchase the licence for the software. In turn, those providers make cPanel available to their own customers. It is now one of the most popular control panels on the internet and is used on millions of web servers and hosting accounts.

Visit the official cPanel website.

How to Install WordPress on cPanel?

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems and allows for easy file management and access to web files. So chances are you might be interested in using WordPress for your website.

For a full in-depth overview of how to install WordPress through cPanel view WPBeginner’s guide here.

Managing Email and Accessing Webmail

Easy Email Management

cPanel makes it easy to manage email accounts. These management features allow you to easily set up new accounts, redirect incoming mail, create auto-responses and more.

cPanel Webmail

Once you’ve set up your accounts, the webmail feature allows you to actually read and respond to emails. cPanel webmail is extremely convenient, since you can manage all your communications via your web browser. Alternatively, some users prefer to manage their email via an email client, like Outlook or Thunderbird.

Is cPanel Free?

cPanel is not actually free, this is because it is a third-party application. Many website hosting providers include it within their hosting package. However, do remember that cPanel isn’t free if you’re setting up a server yourself and there is a chance that a hosting provider may start charging you for it.

In 2019 the price for the third-party application went up. This encouraged many hosting companies to switch to alternative control panels.

Logining In

Adding 2083 To Your Web Address

You can access the cPanel dashboard through your address bar within your browser. It’s very easy and requires no technical knowledge. Simply add your web address followed by a colon and then the numbers 2083. It would look something like this,

Adding /cpanel To Your Web Address

As the website owner you’re also able to access the control panel using /cpanel at the end of your website address. This would look like

Accessing Via IP Address

If you’re unable to access your cPanel Account through those other methods you can also access it via your IP address. To do this simply add 2083 to the end of your IP address, looking something like https://11.11.11:2083.


If you need to change the language within the interface, go to the login page as normal and then you will see a list in the bottom of the screen to change language.

You may also find it easier to access your account by adding a bookmark to your browser. You can also

How to Use cPanel

Now you know how to access your control panel, you need to know how to use it. There are a huge amount of possibilities from the dashboard and only a small fraction of people really use the full potential. Most people will use it for creating email addresses, resetting passwords etc, but there are many more really useful features, such as domain parking and setting up add-on domains for example.


You can use your control panel to create email addresses, set up forward and auto responses. Here is a good guide to managing your email system through your control panel.


Your control panel provides you with a host of options around domains. You can set up domain parking, where you can hold a domain name for future development. You can also create domain add-ons which allows you to host multiple domains under the same host. Here are some really good documents around cPanel and domains.


Your control panel allows you full access to your hosting information. This includes databases, file managers and setting up FTPs (File Transfer Protocols). It also allows for easy backups through their backup wizards meaning you can help keep your site secure.

Learn more about hosting using our guide to web hosting.

Widgets and Extensions

As well as the main core parts of the panel you can also add extensions and widgets to your dashboard. This adds more customisability and opportunities for future expansions.

How to Get cPanel

cPanel is a tool for Linux-based servers. If the hosting of your website is through a Linux server, then you should be able to use cPanel. But the chances are, you won’t actually need to do (or pay) anything.

That’s because  hosting packages often include cPanel hosting within their overall package. If you have a web hosting plan with tasjeel, then you already have cPanel. There’s no extra cost or software download required – it’s right there, ready and waiting for you!