The CPanel Interface

The cPanel Admin area provides the ability to maintain all aspects of your web hosting account, including managing your domain, email, software, and more.

cPanel Interface

The cPanel interface consists of the following:


Top Navigation Bar

The navigation bar shows at the top of the Admin interface. It provides details of the current user, links to account administrative functions, notification alerts, and a link to log out of your cPanel account.

  • cPanel Logo - Click the cPanel logo to navigate to your Admin area’s Home screen.
  • Search Box - You can search the Admin area to find the features you need quickly. You can press the / (forward-slash) key on your keyboard to quickly focus the search box.
  • Username - You can click on your username to open a drop-down menu to manage your account information, cPanel style, notification location, contact information, and reset any page settings.
  • Notification Icon - The bell icon will show a numbered red box when you have a warning, message, or error. To show your notifications click the bell icon.

Welcome Panel for New Users

The Welcome panel displays for new accounts only and contains links to features that new users might find helpful. The screenshot includes the following links:

  • Create an Email Account
  • Build a Website You can dismiss the panel by clicking on the All done. Dimiss this. text, or by clicking the “x” in the Welcome panel’s top right corner.

You can always reinstate the Welcome panel by clicking the Reset Page Settings option from the menu displayed when clicking your username. See point 1 above.


General Information Panel

The General Information section displays technical information about your hosting account:

  • Current User - This indicates the name of the current cPanel account user.

  • Primary Domain - This shows the account’s primary domain name, along with the type of SSL certificate for that domain. These include:

    • DV Certificate — A domain-validated certificate.
    • EV Certificate — An extended-validation certificate.
    • OV Certificate — An organization-validated certificate.
    • Self-signed Certificate — A self-signed certificate.
    • No Valid Certificate — A valid certificate exists; it might be expired or revoked.

    If there is an issue with your SSL certificate, you will see a wrench icon that links to the cPanel SSL/TLS Status page.

  • Shared IP Address \ Dedicated IP Address - This shows the current IP address used by the account, along with its type:

    • Dedicated IP - Means that website has its own dedicated IP address.
    • Shared IP - Means that multiple websites on the cPanel account share the same IP address.
  • Home Directory - The absolute path to the accounts home directory.

  • Last Login IP Address - The IP address of the last user that logged into the server, not the currently logged-in user.

  • Theme - You can switch the cPanel Admin area theme here if there is more than one. Most hosting providers only have the default “Paper Lantern” theme.

  • NGINX Caching - If your server has NGINX installed, its status (Active or Inactive) will be displayed here.

  • Server Information - This is a link to a separate page that displays technical information about your hosting account, such as software versions, IP address, Server Name, and the Hosting Package you are on. In addition, it will display the current service status of your server, including CPU count and Memory Used.


Statistics Panel

The Statistics Panel is essential to keep an eye on. It provides details about your account’s resource limits, as well as usage. The background for any statistic will change if you are nearing your limits:

  • Yellow background - Your account uses 60% or more of the allotted quota, or your server cannot retrieve the information.
  • Red background - Your account is using 80% or more of the allocated quota.

The following statistics are displayed:

  • Disk Usage - The disk space in megabytes used by your account.
  • MySQL® \ MariaDB® Disk Usage - The disk space in bytes that your database uses.
  • Bandwidth - The inbound and outbound data in megabytes used by your account for the current month.
  • Addon Domains - The number of addon domains used.
  • Subdomains - The number of subdomains used.
  • Aliases - The number of aliases or parked domains used.
  • Email Accounts - The number of email accounts used by your account.
  • Mailing Lists - The number of mailing lists used.
  • Autoresponders - The number of autoresponders used.
  • Forwarders - The number of forwarders used.
  • Email Filters - The number of email filters used.
  • MySQL® \ MariaDB® Databases - The number of databases used by your account.

Features Panels

The cPanel Admin area has many panels that group various features for managing your hosting account. You can use the search box to search for a particular feature or scroll down the page to look manually.

cPanel has the following feature panels: