Getting Started
with cPanel

Welcome to GoDaddy

We're glad you decided to go with one of GoDaddy's servers. We think they're great and we're sure you will, too.

Just in case you aren't entirely sure what comes with your account, we have those details here.

This guide covers everything you need to get started including...

All right – on to the guide iteself.

Understanding Servers

Before we get started in earnest, though, let's just quickly review how your cPanel server works. There are quite a few moving parts, so looking at their relationship might help you understand it more clearly.

Your Server

Web Host Manager (WHM)

cPanel Account 1

Website 1
Website 2

cPanel Account 2

Website 3
Website 4

What we'd like you to glean from the diagram is that your server runs two important have two pieces of software: Web Host Manager (WHM) and cPanel.

That isn't to say that you need to create multiple cPanel accounts if you're using the server for yourself. However, it is important to note that you do need at least one cPanel account — that's where you host the website on your server.

Also, of note, cPanel hosts one primary website but can also host others using the Add-on Domains feature.

All right, with that out of the way, let's get going.

Up Next...

Now that you understand what's going on, let's set up your account.

Go to Setting Up Your Server >>