What is cPanel and why do I need it for WordPress?

What is cPanel?

When I first took over my companies website this is what I was asking myself. “What is cPanel and why do I need it to access my WordPress website?”. I spent some time on Google, watching videos and reading up on cPanels website to try and understand what it was so I could start working on my website. cPanels has a very helpful website but, for a beginner, I didn’t understand what they were showcasing. So here is my quick and easy tutorial on what cPanel is and how it’s connected to your website.

cPanel is the software on your server

cPanel is a control panel available on our Linux-based hosting accounts and servers. It lets you easily manage many aspects of your account, including the files, applications, and email hosted on your account or server. For our server customers, cPanel is used in conjunction with WebHost Manager, or WHM.

Ok so this definition from GoDaddy sums it up in a very technical way. Let me break it down a bit more to explain how it works.


cPanel is your control panel for your website server. It’s like an engineers toolbox to everything you need to access on this computer. This toolbox makes it easier to manage your server settings and setup your WordPress installation.


How is it connected to WordPress?

Ok so now we know that cPanel is the software on our server, so how is it all connected?

When installing WordPress, all the files associated with WordPress are stored in a folder in your File Manager. Your cPanel software has a File Manager section that will organize all the files needed to run your WordPress website. Once all the files are installed and the database is setup (I’ll cover installing WordPress in my next post) people will see the WordPress website that is running from that folder.



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