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Getting Started Guide: The Difference Between cPanel and WHM

Two really important tools that are available to you with your hosting account at A Small Orange are cPanel and WHM. They do somewhat similar things, but are definitely different tools with different purposes. It’s easy to get them confused, but we’re going to clear them up for you here.   Unleash the power of cPanel and WHMCS! Here we go…  

What is cPanel?  

cPanel is an all-encompassing dashboard that facilitates many account and website changes and configurations. It's where you, the website owner, control the settings for your particular account. Creating email accounts and managing files for a particular domain are examples of tasks that would be performed in cPanel rather than WHM. cPanel is a beast, and a vital tool for website management.   It’s really easy to login to cPanel and navigate all the features. You can use your domain or your IP address to login.. See more info on how and where to login (you can also login to cPanel via your Customer Area).  

What is WHM?  

Web Host Manager, or WHM, is a powerful program that allows administrative access to the back end of cPanel. WHM gives you great control and flexibility when managing a few very popular and resource-intensive sites. It can also be useful for managing a large number of sites. You can even sell hosting services to others people, and have the option to create and manage multiple cPanels. You can also modify an account, upgrade/downgrade an account, view your bandwidth usage and more, right from within WHM. You can log into your WHM account by utilizing your IP address in the URL, or your actual domain. See more info about how to login, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  


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