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How to Install cPanel on your VPS

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cPanel is the most widely-used web-based control panel in the web hosting industry. Shared and Business web hosting as well as Reseller web hosting plans with Hostwinds include access to cPanel to manage the web hosting account from an easy to use Control Panel. Hostwinds Cloud VPS and Dedicated Servers do not include access to cPanel by default, although you can purchase a cPanel license for your Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server if you need to use cPanel/WHM on your Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server. This guide will discuss how to install cPanel on your Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server manually here at Hostwinds after you have purchased a license.

Recommended Specifications for cPanel


Create a New VPS

For the quickest access to a cPanel server, create a new Cloud VPS from the cloud control portal. This section of this guide will detail this method.

Step 1: From your cloud cloud control portal, click the Create button, then click Server. This will lead you to the Create new VPS page that will generate the order.

Click Create, then click Servers.

Step 2:  In the Select Server Image section, Click into the Operating System tab if not there already. Then, click the cPanel option.

Select cPanel in the Operating System tab

Step 3: The default selection in the Management and Drive option sections are already set to our recommended settings, however, you are able to change these to Unmanaged and HDD respectively if you wish. Keep in mind, Unmanaged services provide inferior tiers of support for the VPS. Select at least the second-level option for specifications, as these meet the recommended specifications for cPanel.

Select Management Type, Drive Type and the performance option for the VPS

Step 4: Select the location that the new Cloud VPS will be created within. Keep in mind, your target audience will benefit most from a server that is closest to them. In general, serving a website to the US is best done from a centralized location.

Choose a Datacenter location

Step 5: You can enter a server nickname here, which is only for the benefit of easy identification. It will not affect the price, performance or other functional aspects of the server. Select the Billing Cycle for this instance, keeping in mind that there will be a prorated rate based on your Anniversary Billing date.

Please note that, although Hourly Billing can be selected here, we do not recommend it for long-term services. Review the requirements for hourly billing before selecting it as your billing cycle.

Optional nickname entry, then select the billing cycle of the server

Step 6: Click Create Server to complete the order and generate the invoice.

Create Server button, creates the order for the selected server

Step 7: After the generated invoice is paid and completed, the server will spawn and create automatically. You will receive the server details in an email sent to the email address on file after the server is successfully created.

Reinstall an Existing VPS

Another method of obtaining access to a VPS with cPanel is to reinstall the Operating System of an existing VPS. This section of this article will discuss this method.

Step 1: From your cloud control control portal, click the title of the VPS you plan on using for cPanel. Alternatively, you can click Actions and then Advanced from the actions menu on the right.

Click on the VPS Title

The following step will delete all data on the VPS. Make sure you have a backup or confirm you have no information you care to keep on the VPS before proceeding.

Any data deleted in this process is NOT RECOVERABLE. You choose to continue with this process at your own risk and understanding that this will permanently and irreversibly delete any data on the chosen Cloud VPS

Step 2: Click on the green Actions button, then click on Reinstall. An overlay will display that shows the available options for install. Click the Operating Systems tab if it is not already selected. Then, click the cPanel tile. Finally, click Confirm to install the selected image to the VPS.

This may take up to two or three minutes to complete. Eventually, you will see the same VPS listed in your list of instances now showing the cPanel + CentOS 7 OS template installed.

Chosen VPS Shows the cPanel image installed

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