Getting my head around cPanel

Computer nerd

So I sat through a recording of the second ‘call-in show’ for Connected Courses last night.

This was the one I was waiting for to be honest. I am a fairly proficient WordPress user (albeit a dotcommer rather than a dotorger), and much of the first half of the show that focused on the functionality of WordPress I was comfortable with. The critical information I’m after is how to set up the ‘mother ship’ — so to speak — so that I can create courses in a Levinesque way with Groomlike confidence.

I dug deep into my inner nerd, and clung to their every syllable, pausing and rewinding on a number of occasions, but I still haven’t quite cracked it.

If any of you #ccourses folk out there can help plug gaps and provide sage advice, it would be much appreciated.

So here’s what I know …

  1. I know I need a web host. I used to have one for my website years ago, but then I found WordPress could do everything and more, so I simply pointed my domain name at
  2. Once I have got myself some space with a web host, I think I then need to go to and do an installation.
  3. I think I also need to choose a web host that has a cPanel licence

Equipped with this basic infrastructure, I think I can then go and tinker and experiment and see what comes out the other end.

Any major oversights here? Some hot tips perhaps from @jimgroom or @cogdog ?

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3 comments on “Getting my head around cPanel
  1. daveh70 says:

    If you use ($25 per year), they have cPanel. I think you just use cPanel to install WordPress, without needing to download from (but you might still read the documentation there).

    Here are some important posts you might have missed:
    About FeedWordPress, with links to tutorials by Alan Levine, @cogdog.

    Howard Rheingold posted about his experience, along with these three links to tutorials with him and Jim Groom.

    That should help, eh? 🙂

  2. Just wanted to share my recent experience with moving from a based site to a I spent a lot of time researching web hosting. I ended up choosing Arvixe based on all the feedback about customer support. I can’t tell you how good it is to have the kind of support they offer. Lots of how-to articles, email gets a response within a day, sometimes sooner, and I’ve been please with the 24/7 chat service. They would have walked me through moving my .com, but I had already exported it by the time I signed up with them. All I had to do was choose their WP auto-install and import my file.

    Let me offer a true confession. I didn’t closely read their welcome letter–duh–so I missed their excellent instructions about accessing my cpanel. They didn’t even laugh at me when I asked them how to do it later. So, FWIW, you may find the combination of how tos and support to your liking.

    Good luck on the journey.


  3. jeremy says:

    @daveh70 @KarenLaBonte – indebted to you both. This is a huge help. Thank you!

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