This guide covers the initial setup and configuration of your Linux Dedicated Server or Virtual Private Server (VPS) running Web Host Manager (WHM).
To get started, you may want to check out our extensive 2 part tutorial which will walk you through some of the most vital first steps and initial configurations for your server. This tutorial includes videos that are designed as a mini-course to give you a broad understanding of setting up a cPanel server.
You can also jump directly to the topics you want in our collection of articles. Most articles address specific tasks and features.
How to Register Private Name Servers
- What Are Private Name Servers?
- Step 1: Register Your Private Name Servers
- Step 2: Create Name Server A Records
- Step 3: Configure Name Server Records
How to Initially Configure Your Server via WHM
Setup Accounts & Manage WHM
- See the WHM Getting Started Guide
Additional Features & Bonuses
- Options for Protecting SSH on Dedicated Servers
- How to change the SSH port on Dedicated Servers & VPS
- How to Add Additional RAM and Hard Drives
- OS Reloads
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What do I get with a Linux Dedicated Server?
- What control panels come with a Linux Dedicated Server?
- Can a Linux Dedicated Server Owner Resell Hosting?
Congratulations on your purchase of a HostGator Dedicated Server!
After purchasing your server it may take up to 48 hours to successfully provision. Once provisioned, you will receive a ticket with the following necessary information:
- Your Server IP Address: The address by which you may access your server.
- Your Name Servers: The name servers that must be registered*.
- Your Domain/Server Name: The domain you provided as your desired server name.
- Your Username: This will always be root, for root access to the server.
- Your Root Password: The password to use with the user root.
- WHM URL: A URL using your IP address to access WHM on your server.
*The name servers listed in your ticket will already be configured on the server, and will only need to be registered with your domain's registrar as described in step 1 of the following guide:
If you wish to use a different subdomain for your private name servers, you will need to continue to step 2 and 3 in the guide for complete setup.
Once you have received all of the information for how to access your server and set up your private name servers, you will be able to follow along with our Getting Started Guide on your own server.