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cPanel, Free campus web hosting at web.illinois.edu
cPanel is the control system that lets you manage websites and databases hosted on the web.illinois.edu platform. cPanel offers a wide range of web hosting options to students, faculty, and staff, as well as offering easy collaboration with non-University partners through Google authentication.
Hosting your website at web.illinois.edu offers more flexibility and power than publish.illinois.edu, while also offering automatic updates with less complexity than direct hosting on AWS or Azure.
By using cPanel's one-click installers for WordPress, Drupal, jQuery, PHP, Ruby, and more, your web software will be easy to install and configure, and the cPanel-managed software will be automatically patched and updated for you, reducing security and maintenance concerns.
If you need additional custom software, you can also install your own via SSH / SFTP; however, you'll need to ensure patching and maintenance of your custom software.
Creating an account on cPanel
In order to create an account on cPanel, you need to be a current member of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an @illinois.edu email address.
Logging in to your cPanel account
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign users should choose the blue Campus Login button.
Use your NetID@illinois.edu identity and NetID password to log in.
- People from other institutions who have arranged to partner with an Urbana campus person on a cPanel-hosted site should choose the orange External Contributors button.
Use the Google account you provided to your campus partner when arranging for access to that cPanel site.
Once you've logged in, you'll see your cPanel dashboard, where you can create and manage websites in your domain.
Use the menu above to navigate campus-specific cPanel documentation.