What is the difference between WebHost Manager(WHM) and cPanel

WHM( WebHost Manager) is a resellers control panel. It is what reseller customers use to manage all the hosting accounts in their reseller plan.



cPanel on the other hand, is the end user’s control panel. It is what the reseller’s customers use to manage their
individual hosting acounts.
If you are logged into WHM, you can look at a list of hosting accounts in the reseller plan. Click on the Account Information link. Then click on the List Accounts link.




Here you will see the list of accounts in this WHM’s reseller plan. Once again, each of these accounts will have their own individual cPanel, and we can login to their cPanel by clicking the corresponding link.



As you can see here, we’re now in the cPanel control panel for the newdomain.com hosting account. Resellers have the ability to login to their customer’s cPanel control panels without their username or password. This can be useful in helping customers how to use their cPanel.

After you close the cPanel page, you can now return to the home page of the WHM.


You now know the difference between cPanel and WHM:
cPanel– end user’s control panel
WHM – reseller’s control panel

How to login to WebHost Manager(WHM)

In order to login to WebHost Manager, you must first have login details including: Login IP address, username, and password.

Assuming you already have this information, and have navigated to the IP address login page as shown below:



Now you enter your username, password to gain access.


Once you have successfully logged into WHM, you can begin setting up new web hosting accounts, creating packages, and dozens of other tasks to help you manage your web hosting business.

Using the Disk Usage Viewer in cPanel

If you are new to cPanel then you can check  :  Navigating around in cPanel.

Once you have logged into the cPanel, click on the Disk Usage icon under FILES disk_icon


After you have clicked on the Disk Usage icon, you will be able to see how much storage space is being used by each directory and sub-directory in your account.


Scroll down to see the entire list of directories and other details.


You can also sort your directories  by Name or by its Disk Usage.


Disk usage details is useful in determining which directories are using the most storage space. Once you know where all your storage space is being used, you can decide whether you need to delete some files, or upgrade to a larger plan.




How to keep your contact information up to date in cPanel

If you are new to cPanel then you can check  : How to login to cPanelNavigating around in cPanelHow to login to cPanel.

After successful logging into cPanel,the first thing you should do is update contact information. To navigate to this tab, click on your user icon:cpanel_usericon

From the drop-down list select Contact Information cpanel_icon Its important to keep your contact information up to date since the server uses this information to send critical email messages.


Once you have entered the email address, click on save.


To change password in cPanel

First login to your cPanel with username, password as given to you in the mail.You can refer to How to login to cPanel. Also, if you would like to get familiar with cPanel then check Navigating around in cPanel .

After you have logged into cPanel, click on your user icon which is at top-right corner of your cPanel home page. cpanel_usericon

You will see a drop-down list, here you have to click on the Password & Security to change your password.password








Enter your old password followed by your new password. Enter your new password again. After you have correctly entered the password click on change your password now button, your password will be changed.


Navigating around in cPanel

Check how to login to cPanel to know the steps to login to cpanel.

If you have already logged in click on the user iconcpanel_usericon



From the drop-down list you can change Password & Security, Change cpanel_iconLanguage, Change Style or Reset Page Settings.After successful logging into cPanel,the first thing you should do is update contact info.

To change cPanel theme click on the Change Style from the  drop down list and choose your desired cPanel theme.

On the left-hand side of the cPanel there are icons listed: Home, Statistics, Dashboard, User Manager.

cpanel_home cpanel_statistics  cpanel_dashboard cpanel_usermanager

By clicking on Statistics you can view detailed information of this hosting account.Eg. it will show you how many email accounts are used and how many are allowed. The same information is shown for Bandwidth, ftp accounts, add-on domains, sub-domains, file usage, disk usage, MYSQL databases,  etc.


In Dashboard, you can change cPanel theme by selecting desired cPanel theme from the SWITCH THEME drop-down list. Also, used disk space, bandwidth details can be viewed here.


In User Manager you can view user accounts. Also, you can add new users here.


Now lets look at the right side of the Home page of cPanel. It includes several icons that are grouped into specific boxes. These icons each allow you to do specific tasks with cPanel like setting up email accounts and databases, checking webmail, setting up mailing lists, etc. You will be able to manage your database, files, emails using these icons. Additional metrics to know more about your site visitors is available. Click-and-install software icons such as php, wordpress etc.cpanel_icon1cpanel_icon2

cpanel_icon3cpanel_icon4If you scroll through the page till you reach the bottom of the page you will find a documentation link. This link will provide you with comprehensive cPanel Manual, where you can learn all there is to know about cPanel.
You can learn all cPanel features from the documentation which is always available from the home page of cPanel. Learn to organise the cPanel to suit your needs using its documentation.

How to login to cPanel

To begin, open your internet browser.  Click on the browser’s address bar, and enter your http cPanel address. The address to your cPanel would have been given to you in your welcome email. There are two ways to login cPanel:

  1. Using an IP address, its the only way to access cPanel if your domain hasn’t propagated yet. In this case you will have to enter your IP address in the address bar following  with “/” cpanel. The details will be given to you in your mail.


2. Or Using your domain name, you can only do this once your domain name is working.


Once you have entered the cPanel address, you will be asked for username & password. You can find the login details in your welcome mail.



If you have entered the login details correctly then you will be successfully logged in to the cPanel.




You can now begin to setup email addresses, add-on domains, databases, shopping carts, and other features.