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The cPanel Home Screen

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The cPanel home interface provides access to all of your cPanel functions.

You can reach the cPanel home interface from anywhere in the interface when you click the Home button at the top left corner of the interface, or the Home link at the bottom of the interface. From the Home interface, you can reach any of cPanel's features.

You can change the order in which the feature-related boxes, such as Mail and Files, appear on your Home interface. This can be useful if you wish to organize the cPanel interface to better suit your needs. To change the location of a box, perform the following steps:

  1. Click and hold the box's heading bar.
  2. Drag it to its new location.

The information boxes can also be minimized or “hidden” when you click the icon in the top right corner of the heading bar.

To hide a feature box, click the arrow at the top right side of the box. This will collapse it into a heading bar.

Help

Click the Help button (or the Help link at the bottom of the interface) to open a window with information about the feature that you have accessed within the cPanel interface. The contents of the Help menu change based on where you are in the interface.

You should consult Help any time you have trouble with a feature in cPanel. The Help link offers the following options at all times:

  • Video Tutorials — Click to view a list of the video tutorials available from cPanel. 

    Note: You will not hear sound while you view the videos.

  • Full Interface Documentation — Click to access this documentation.

Note: This documentation may also be found when you click the Documentation link at the bottom of the cPanel interface.

Logout

The Logout button at the top right corner of the main interface, and the Logout link at the bottom of the interface, allow you to log out of your cPanel account.

Note: Be sure to click Logout after you access your cPanel account from any computer where access is shared.

Switch Theme/Change Style

The theme is the framework of the cPanel interface. You may switch your cPanel interface to a different theme.

Note: x is a deprecated theme. We recommend that you use a theme based on x3, as it is the most up-to-date.

Find

The Find function can help you quickly locate a feature of cPanel. Type a keyword into the Find box on the left side of the interface. The menus on the right will automatically filter to show the results, as seen in the example below.

To show all features of cPanel, click the ‘X’ button to the right of the Find text box.

Frequently Accessed Areas

Under the Frequently Accessed Areas heading, the four most frequently accessed functions of cPanel are linked for your convenience. This menu is subject to change during operation as features are used more or less often.

The Stats Menu

The Stats menu shows exactly how much of your hosting account’s resources have been used. This is important if you need to monitor your resource usage, and it can help you decide when it is time to upgrade your hosting plan.

  • Click expand stats to see all of this data.
  • Click collapse stats to view only the first five stats.

The full Stats menu displays the following information:

  • Main Domain — The primary domain on your account.
  • Home Directory — The folder, located on your web server, in which your website’s folders and files reside.
  • Last login from — The IP address from which you last accessed your cPanel account.
  • File Usage — The number of inodes, or files and directories, that your account has used. The first number represents your account's inode usage. The second number represents your account's inode limit.
  • Disk Space Usage — The amount of disk space that your account occupies on the web server, in Megabytes. This number appears next to the amount of disk space your account is allocated (the "quota").
  • Monthly Bandwidth Transfer — The amount of data transferred to and from your account for the month to date in Megabytes. This number appears next to the total monthly bandwidth your account is allocated.

    Note: You may notice discrepancies between the information that WHM provides and the information that log processing programs (such as AWStats) provide. To learn more about this, read our documentation about bandwidth discrepancies.

  • Email Accounts —The number of email accounts that are associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
  • Subdomains — The number of subdomains that are associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
  • Parked Domains — The number of parked domains that are associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
  • Addon Domains — The number of addon domains that are associated with your account, out of the total number allowed.
  • FTP Accounts — The number of FTP accounts that are associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
  • SQL Databases — The number of SQL databases you have created, out of the potential number of databases you are able to create for each database type.
  • Mailing Lists — The number of mailing lists that are associated with your website, out of the total number allowed.
  • MySQL Disk Space — The amount of disk space used by your databases.
  • Hosting package — The name of the web hosting plan to which you have subscribed.
  • Server Name — The name of your web server.
  • cPanel Version — The version of cPanel that currently runs on your server.
  • Theme — The version of the cPanel interface layout that you currently use.
  • Apache version — The version of the Apache software that runs on your web server.
  • PHP version — The version of the PHP scripting language that is currently installed on your server. This information may be useful when you install PHP scripts.
  • MySQL version — The version of the MySQL database software that is currently installed on your server. This information may be useful when you install MySQL databases on your website.
  • Architecture — The type of microprocessor that powers the web server.
  • Operating system — The software that runs on the web server, which allows the server to operate.
  • Shared IP Address/Dedicated IP Address — If your domain is assigned a dedicated IP, this text box displays that IP address. If your domain is assigned to a shared IP, this field displays that IP address, which is potentially shared among multiple accounts on the web host’s server.
  • Path to sendmail — The location of the sendmail program on your web server. This is useful if, for example, you create a script that allows visitors to send you email with a form on your website.
  • Path to Perl — The location of the Perl interpreter on your web server. This information is necessary to write Perl scripts.
  • Perl version — The version of Perl that runs on your server. This information is necessary to write Perl scripts.
  • Kernel version — The version of your web server’s kernel, which is the central operating system component, and allows the server’s software to communicate with its hardware.
  • cPanel Pro — The version of the cPanel Pro software that currently runs on your web server.
  • Service Status — The Click to View link will cause the Server Status interface to display.

The Server Status Page

Click the Click to View link at the bottom of the Stats menu to open a new page that displays whether a particular service works.

  • A green circle indicates that the service is running.
  • A yellow circle indicates that it is busy or, in the case of disk space, almost full.
  • A red circle indicates a problem with the service, or a full disk.

Services listed on this page may include:

  • cpsrvd: The cPanel service daemon. This service runs the cPanel interface.
  • imap: An email protocol for mail retrieval.
  • httpd: The Apache webserver’s daemon. This daemon is responsible to serve web pages to your visitors.
  • named: The DNS server. This service is required for your domains to appear on the Internet.
  • Server Load: Your server’s current CPU load. If this is red, your server experiences performance issues.
  • Memory Used: The amount of RAM that your server uses, shown as a percentage.
  • Swap Used: The amount of swap memory that is used, shown as a percentage. Swap memory is memory used on your hard drive in place of RAM. Swap memory usage occurs when there is a RAM shortage.
  • Disk /$volume: The amount of hard disk space that is used, shown as a percentage. If this appears red, delete old or unused files.

The five links that are located at the bottom of the Home interface change the basic display preferences of cPanel’s interface.

  • Lite/Full Graphics — Toggles display of the header and footer graphics, and allows for reduced memory demands and load times.
  • Hide/Show Icons — Toggles display of the icons that are contained in the boxes. They can display only hyperlinks, or both icons and hyperlinks. If you hide icons, it will further reduce memory demands and load times.
  • Reset All Interface Settings — Resets any changes made to the interface and returns it to its default.

    Note: This will not reset the current theme.

  • Reveal All Boxes — Reveals any menu boxes that have been hidden.

    Note: To hide boxes, click the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of the heading bar. Hidden boxes appear in “window-shade” format as a simple heading bar.

  • Reset Box Order — Returns the order of boxes to cPanel’s default setting if the order has been changed.