What is cPanel?
cPanel is a server side management system the runs the back end of your site. From here you have access to many controls and scripts that will add everything from tracking abilities to new scripts to your site.
How to login to cPanel
There are several different ways you can gain access to your cPanel. The first and most obvious is by going to yoursite.com/cPanel. Another is by putting in the IP address and follow it up with "/cPanel". Once you have done this, a new login window will pop up. Just put in your user name and password, as assigned to you from your welcome e-mail and you're all set!
The insides of cPanel
All of the different options might be a little over whelming the first time you login to your account. For the most part, everything is sub-divided into it's own category and box. At the top you should see a message logging in your IP address and also telling you "Welcome to Server??" where the "??" will be replaced by your server number. (Make note of this, it makes our jobs easier when you need to put in a help desk ticket if you give us your server number.)
Starting at the top
At the top you should see four boxes reading: Home, File Manager, Update Contact Info, and Log Out.
Home - This will lead you back to the main cPanel screen.
File Manager - This will lead you to cPanel's File Manager.
Update Contact Info - This will allow you to change your contact e-mail.
Log Out - This will log you out of cPanel.
On your left, you should see a box titled "Account Information". Listed through this box you should see a plethora of information on your account. Here's a list of some of the more important details and what it means for you and your account.
Sub Domains - The number of sub domains you have set up on your account currently.
MySQL Databases - The number of active MySQL Databases you are using.
Disk Usage - Shows the amount of disk usage you are using.
SQL Disk Usage - Shows the amount of SQL desk usage you are using.
Bandwidth Usage This Month - Your bandwidth usage for the month.
Disk Space Available - The amount of space you have left currently.
Email Accounts - The number of e-mail accounts you have set up.
Email Forwarders - The number of e-mail forwarders you have set up.
Auto-Responders - The number of auto-responders you have set up.
Mailing Lists - The number of mailing lists you have set up.
Email Filters - The number of e-mail filters you have set up.
FTP Accounts - The number of FTP accounts you have set up.
This is the box located under the "Account Information" box. In this box you will get more details about the server that you are currently on.
CPanel Version/Build - The version/build number of the cPanel.
Operating System - The operating system the server you're on.
Apache Version - Apache version for the server you're on.
Perl Version - The Perl version for the server you're on.
Perl Path - The path to Perl for the server you're on.
Installed Perl Modules - A list of installed Perl modules on you're on.
PHP Version - The version of PHP your server is using.
MySQL Version - The version of MySQL your server is using.
SendMail Path - The path to SendMail on your server.