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How to Get Started with your New cPanel / WHM Server

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When you first purchase your Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server with a cPanel license from Hostwinds, you’ll want to log into WHM to create your cPanel accounts.

The format to connect to WHM is as follows:


The above marks where you need to replace with your actual IP, while the :2086  or :2087 specifies the ports  that WHM uses. Once you place your filled out link above it should take you to a site that looks like this:

WHM login screen

You will always use the username root to login to WHM and your password will be the same root password given in your products welcome email. Once logged into WHM, the interface can be overwhelming, but for most users only a few areas will be of consistent use. This is what you should see upon logging in:

WHM Main Page

The Find box at the top-left is quickly going to become your best friend. It’s the most efficient tool for navigating through all of the categories in WHM. Let’s try using it now by typing Create a New Account in the box and clicking the result. After clicking, you should see the following:

Creating a new account in WHM

This is the area where you can create cPanel accounts for any domain you currently own. Enter your domain, the username and password you’d like to use, and enable whatever settings you’d like on this page, the defaults are fine in most all instances. None are required other than the domain name you are adding,  so if you’re not sure, it’s best to leave the rest of the settings alone. Once you’ve set everything to your specifications, scroll to the bottom and click Create. Congratulations! You’ve created the cPanel account for your domain. To log into the cPanel account you can either access it through your web browser as follows:


Or you can go back to the top-left Find box in WHM and type in List Accounts which will then bring you to the following screen:

Click the cP logo to immediately log into the cPanel account. This style of the interface may change as cPanel sees fit, so if your cPanel theme looks a little bit different it’s no cause for concern:

If you need help or have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to make a ticket and our support staff will be happy to help.