Today you are going to get to know your control panel (the back-end of your hosting account) and set up your own email address. Simply, go to www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel and enter the user name and password you chose when you set up your account with Hostgator.
Your cPanel is divided into several sections. At the top you’ll find wizards and video tutorials to help if you get stuck or don’t know where to find something. In the next section are your email options, followed by file managers, system logs, and a bunch of other options.
For today, we’re only concerned with your email and the file managers.
First, let’s set up your email address. Go ahead and click the icon that says “email accounts.” On the next screen, enter the email name you want, your password, and click “create.” Viola! You’re done!
To access your email, go to http://webmail.yourdomainname.com and enter the user name and password you just chose. Select from the mail readers offered, or follow the instructions to set up an offline reader like Outlook or Thunderbird (or do like I do and connect it to your gmail account ).
Once you’ve got your email configured, look at the files section.
This is where you can create a backup of your site (always a good idea!), and explore the many files your site contains. Click “file manager” to have a look.
File manager is a lot like browsing the files in your documents folder on your home computer. On the left you’ll see a directory tree with many branches. Your site files live in the branch titled public_html. Click to open that branch.
On the right you’ll see all the files contained within the public_html directory (also known as the root directory). Right now it’s probably pretty empty, but across the top you’ll see buttons that allow you to add, edit, delete, and even move files from one folder to another. You can also upload or download files to and from your computer using an FTP client, but if you want to learn more about how to do that, check the documentation provided by your hosting company.
That’s everything you need to know about cPanel to get started, next we are going to actually install your website!