What is cPanel? How to Access Your Website Files in cPanel?

cPanel is the most popular control panel (software) for managing servers and websites. With cPanel, you can create websites, add subdomains, send and receive emails, manage databases, secure your website, and much more.

How to access cPanel?

After purchasing web hosting, your web hosting provider will send you an email that contains the cPanel login URL, the username, and the password.

Cpanel details

You can go to the login page by clicking the first link, or by adding “cpanel” to the end of your website URL (yourwebsite.com/cpanel, replace “yourwebsite.com” with your domain).
Also, many web hosts allow their users to access cPanel directly from their web hosting accounts. For example, if you are using Siteground to host your website, you can find the link to cPanel under User Area ⇒ My Accounts tab.

cPanel interface (dashboard)

Once logged in, you will be directed to the cPanel dashboard. The dashboard is divided into sections and each section contains many tools. Don’t get overwhelmed by the number of tools present on this page as you don’t need most of them.

There are many different cPanel themes, which means that your cPanel might not look like the one I’m using, however, all of them include the same tools.

Cpanel dashboard

How to access your website files in cPanel?

To access your website files in cPanel, just click on “File Manager”. This will take you to the file manager area where you will see a list of folders.

Cpanel file manager

Cpanel public html

If you have only one website, you will find your website files inside the public_html folder. If you create a subdomain or a new website, new folders that contain the files of the subdomain and the new website will appear on the same page.
For example, let’s suppose you created a website suzyrecipes.com and after that, you created a subdomain shop.suzyrecpies.com, then a new website suzymakeup.com and a subdomain blog.suzymakeup.com, public_html would contain the first created website files which is suzyrecipes.com, and new folders that contain the files of the other subdomains and websites would appear above or below the public_html folder.

Cpanel other folders for subdomains and new websites

Just a quick note: after purchasing web hosting and creating a website, you will have three credentials:
♦ A username and a password for your web hosting account where you can purchase web hosting, domains, and servers.
♦ A username and a password for cPanel where you can manage all your website files, databases, emails, and subdomains.
♦ A username and a password for WordPress where you can create and publish posts.
You won’t need to use cPanel and your web hosting account much, most of the time, you will only need to login to WordPress to manage your website.