Linux Web Hosting

Intro to the cPanel Interface

A quick look around

This is the newest version of cPanel for 2020. It uses a theme called “Paper Lantern”. Once you’ve logged in, you should see a screen similar to this:

cPanel looks different?

We have a few different styles of cPanel from which to choose. We have Basic, Dark, Light, and Retro styles.
To change your cPanel style that might best suit you, simply find the "PREFERENCES" section and select the "Change Style" option shown here:

To work on the same theme we’re working on, choose “Basic” by clicking the “Apply” button in the top right corner next to the style. cPanel will reload with the new style applied.

Navigation Bar

You can find the navigation bar in the top right corner of the screen. In it, there’s a simple search field, a link to your user preferences, a notifications bell, and the logout link.

  • The search field allows you to find the key options within cPanel. Actually, using the search field is a much quicker way to navigate around cPanel than trying to browse around and get to a certain option manually. The search field starts presenting you with results immediately as you type.
  • By clicking on the user preferences link, you can change your password, language, edit your contact information, and you can also reset the page settings with one click.
  • The notifications bell is just what it sounds like. It's a place where you can see essential updates about your hosting setup or cPanel itself. Usually, cPanel uses notifications to let you know about news, critical updates, security concerns or other must-know information.
  • The logout link is pretty self-explanatory – remember to use it every time you've finished working with cPanel.

Search Bar

One additional search field – apart from the one in the navigation bar – is visible at the very top of the page right below the navigation bar.
This one works pretty similarly, but this time, instead of showing you results inside a drop-down, it’s going to filter out the center part of cPanel. Just punch in what you’re after, and cPanel will dig it up for you.


On the left side of your screen, you’ll see a sidebar with a couple of icons – from the top down, these stand for Home, Statistics, Dashboard, and User Management.

  • Home is the primary page of cPanel where you can access most of the functions.
  • Statistics show you a range of important numbers - how many email accounts, file transfer protocol (FTP) accounts and domain names you have, as well as how much bandwidth and disk space you're using.
  • The dashboard is a quick reference page where you'll find links to some of the most commonly used links, as well as at-a-glance look at your bandwidth and disk space usage, mail statistics and more.
  • User Management is where you can add or remove users from your cPanel account. You can also see which email accounts you've set up, as well as who has access to your FTP and web disk in case you're sharing an account with other users or admins.

Follow the links in the right sidebar above (below if you're on your phone) in order to learn about cPanel.