A Basic Guide To CPanel
cPanel is short for control panel which is a software application installed to your Web hosts server to provide easy management of your server space and applications.
cPanel supports Apache, PHP, MySQL as well as Email based support for POP3, IMAP, SMTP. All the application support you need for running a WordPress powered site.
cPanel Auto Installers – One Click Installation
cPanel also offers a range of free auto installers like fantastico which make installing web software applications like WordPress fast and simple. Using cPanel you can quickly and easily install wordpress in one click!
Upgrades to Apache, PHP & MySQL are automatic so your WordPress platform continues to run smoothly. cPanel is now the most popular web hosting control panel in the world for hosting websites and blogs and offers a huge range of features which manage and compliment your website or blog.
When you sign up for web hosting you will be given access to your own cPanel to manage the space you rent on the hosts web server. Here you can setup your email accounts, create FTP accounts for file transfer from your local computer to your remote server, manage files & databases within cPanel and create new databases.
WHM-Web Host Manager
WHM is a control panel which manages web hosting accounts for shared hosting. You won’t need to understand WHM unless you use VPS hosting or resell hosting yourself. Your web host would use WHM to create your shared web hosting & cPanel account and manage the allocation or resources for all accounts. If you are a web hosting reseller, you would use WHM to create and manage accounts for your web hosting customers.
cPanel is provided already installed by most hosting providers. I have circled in red the most common cPanel applications which are used to manage a website