Running a new hosting environment can be daunting. When launching a new website, it is important to know and understand different ways to access and control your site via the backend. Knowing your way around cPanel and WHM will help you properly manage your website and ensure a hassle-free user experience for visitors to your site.
Let’s take a look at the tools that help you to access your website from the server side. The two key interfaces you will commonly use when managing your website are cPanel and WHM, which are closely related to each other. Moreover, in this post, we will give you step-by-step instructions to create a cPanel account through WHM. But before we get into it, let’s provide you a quick overview of what cPanel and WHM are.
cPanel is a well-known tool widely used to access the backend of your site. Its simple control panel graphical interface allows you to manage your website as well as hosting server. Through cPanel, you can manage varied assets, properties and files of your website, create databases and establish e-mail accounts.
WEB HOST MANAGER (WHM)
WHM is a powerful program that allows administrative access to the backend of cPanel. In fact, your account’s WHM is like the manager of all cPanel administrators under its belt.
Now let’s get into our main topic of discussion and provide you a step-by-step guide to create a cPanel account through WHM.
STEP1: LOG-IN INTO WHM
When you log into WHM, click on the Account Functions and on that page, click on Create a New Account. Alternatively, you could simply search for Create a New Account in the Find bar in the upper left-hand corner of WHM.
STEP2: PROVIDE DOMAIN INFORMATION
Fill up the following details one by one in order to create new account.
- DOMAIN NAME
- PASSWORD (TWICE),
- CONTACT E-MAIL ADDRESS
After providing domain information, the next step is to choose an account package. Select a package from Choose a Package drop down menu. In cPanel, packages are mainly used to easily assign the same group of settings to multiple cPanel accounts.
If you don’t have any package, you can choose Select Options Manually and set your limitations. The third category under Package is Save Manual Settings as a Package. When you click on it, you will be showed the following options:
- Disk Space Quota (MB): The option allows you to limit the amount of disk space all cPanel users take up so as to prevent server wide space issues.
- Bandwidth (MB): The option allows you to limit the amount of bandwidth for all cPanel users.
Here are the other four options which take numbers as their value, rather than megabytes.
- Max FTP Accounts: Limits the number of FTP
- Max Email Accounts: Limits the number of email accounts
- Max Email Lists: Restricts mailing lists
- Max SQL Databases: Restricts SQL databases
The next three options limit the subdomains, parked domains and add-on domains
- Max Sub Domains
- Max Parked Domains
- Max Addon Domains
The last option Max Hourly Email by Domain Revealed limits the number of emails sent by a domain per hour. There’s no need to restrict this option for a customer unless they put more stress on your mail server.
The next step deals with the theme and language of the cPanel.
In the Settings section, you can see various options like,
- Dedicated IP
Under this option, determine whether you want your account to be hosted on the main shared IP address of the server. Usually, dedicated IPs are only required for the site that will be installing an SSL certificate.
- Shell Access
This option gives users the ability to SSH into the server using the username chosen at the beginning of the process.
- Frontpage Extensions
Gives users the ability to easily upload sites created in Microsoft Front Page.
- CGI Access
Gives the account the ability to serve pages using CGI Scripts.
- cPanel Theme
Offers a choice of themes that the cPanel user will see upon logging in. The default is x3.
Allows you to select the language that will be shown on the cPanel account.
STEP5: DNS SETTINGS
DNS settings can only be applied if the server is going to be hosting DNS for a cPanel account, DNS settings can be applied. DKIM and SPF are two spam prevention measures that require DN entries.
The third option configures the set nameservers for the domain. When Use the nameservers specified at the Domain’s Registrar is left unchecked, the server uses default nameservers configured for the server. If you check the box, WHM will do a DNS lookup on the domain and use nameservers configured at the DNS registrar.
Overwrite any existing DNS zones for the account setting overwrites any DNS zone files for the domain that might have been placed on the server earlier.
STEP6: MAIL ROUTING SETTINGS
This setting allows you to choose only one of the following:
- Automatically Detect Configuration
This is default and recommended configuration that automatically detects the suitable setting.
- Local Mail Exchanger
This setting accepts mail locally for the new account
- Backup Mail Exchanger
This setting configures the server to be a backup exchange mailer
- Remote Mail Exchanger
This option instructs the mail server to pass any mail for the domain that comes its way, to the correct mail server.
STEP7: HIT THE CREATE BUTTON
Now that you have successfully filled all required details, simply hit the Create button. It will take a few minutes to create the account. When it’s done, WHM will confirm that the account is has been created with all necessary details. Now you are all set to use your cPanel account.
If you are unable to create your cPanel account, get in touch with Amaze. We are Australia’s leading web hosting company that provides quality web hosting services and advisory solutions to help you ensure a smooth and functional hosting environment for your website.
We are just a call away to provide you with any assistance!