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 wordpress.com
  2. Once I have got myself some space with a web host, I think I then need to go to wordpress.org 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 reclaimhosting.com ($25 per year), they have cPanel. I think you just use cPanel to install WordPress, without needing to download from wordpress.org (but you might still read the documentation there).

    Here are some important posts you might have missed:
    http://docs.connectedcourses.net/

    http://bionicteaching.com/mother-blog-primer/
    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.
    http://connectedcourses.tumblr.com/post/97092652075/under-the-hood-where-technology-pedagogy-and-power
    http://media.umw.edu/media/building-with-howard-how-to-create-a-learning-envi
    http://media.umw.edu/podcasts/reclaim-hosting/building-with-howard-how-to-create-a-learning-en-2
    http://media.umw.edu/podcasts/reclaim-hosting/reclaim_3mp4

    That should help, eh? 🙂

  2. Just wanted to share my recent experience with moving from a WP.com based site to a WP.org. 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.

    Karen

  3. jeremy says:

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

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