New cPanel servers do not have any cPanel accounts on them to start with, so if you have recently purchased a cPanel VPS subscription, you'll first need to log into WHM(WHM is the administrative back end interface of all cPanel servers) to complete the six steps of the 'initial setup assistant'.
To log into WHM you'll be using the VPS' 'root' username and password(not your mPanel login details!).
As new cPanel servers do not have any cPanel accounts on them to start with, you'll need to create them in WHM after completing the initial setup steps.
Two key things to remember for logging into WHM/cPanel servers are:
- cPanel and WHM login pages require an HTTPS connection
- the WHM login page is accessed on port 2087, and the cPanel login page is on port 2083
To determine the WHM login URL for your VPS, take the permalink address for the VPS shown in mPanel, and put it in between https:// and :2087 so we end up with our WHM login page URL - https://banjo-phrase.bnr.la:2087
The cPanel login URL will be identical except will use port 2083 instead of 2087 - https://banjo-phrase.bnr.la:2083
BinaryLane customers who purchase a cPanel VPS should familiarise themselves with the official WHM/cPanel documentation, which details all areas of the WHM and cPanel features and settings.
Note: Your VPS won't have a Certificate Authority signed SSL certificate to begin with, so your browser is likely to pop up an SSL certificate security warning when you first browse to the WHM login page on your server.
Rather than going back and not trusting the certificate you'll need to proceed to the site(you may need to show advanced options in your browser). If you don't accept the certificate, you won't be able to log into WHM to complete the initial setup, and start using cPanel.
The SSL certificate warning is usually temporary, as your WHM/cPanel server will automatically create and install a CA signed SSL certificate for the VPS' hostname and services within a day or two of the server creation.
You can read about the AutoSSL feature of cPanel on its documentation site here. https://docs.cpanel.net/whm/ssl-tls/manage-autossl/