Change cPanel Password

cPanel allows users to change their own password within cPanel. To change your password within cPanel, follow these directions.

The directions are slightly different, depending on which cPanel theme that you are using (or "style" as cPanel calls it).

Where to Change Your cPanel Password

Where you change your password will depend on which cPanel "style" or theme you are using.

Modern Themes

In modern themes like Basic, Retro, Paper Lantern and others, it is located in the top drop down menu.

x3 Theme

In the x3 theme and themes based on x3, it is located in its own section, usually called Preferences or Administration & Help or something similar. (Web hosts have the ability to rearrange icons in their cPanels, so its exact location may vary.)

​How to Change Your cPanel Password

Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Find the Preferences section.
    • In the Paper Lantern theme, this will be located in the drop down menu at the top of the screen.
    • In the x3 theme, this will be located in the Preferences section.
    • Some web hosts may move this to another section or remove it from cPanel if they have an integrated login.
  3. Click on Change Password.
  4. Enter the current password where it says Old Password.
  5. Enter the new password twice where indicated.
    • Use the Password Generator to create a more secure password.
  6. If asked, keep "All MySQL password change" checked.
    • In most configurations, this is required so you can use phpMyAdmin and other tools.
    • If it does not ask you about this, do not worry about it.
  7. Enable Digest Authentication if you want to use WebDisk for Windows over an insecure connection.
  8. Click on the Change you password now Button.
If asked, it is important that you keep "All MySQL password change" checked, otherwise cPanel may no longer be able to talk to MySQL. If you find that your cPanel can no longer access MySQL after changing your password, you may need to contact your web host for assistance.

Important Notes

Hosting Control Panel vs. Billing Control Panel

Your cPanel password typically only controls access to your web hosting control panel, and may be different from your billing control panel.

The directions here are for changing your web hosting control panel password.

For Web Hosts with an Integrated Login

Some web hosts, particularly bigger ones that can afford a development team, have integrated their billing systems with cPanel, so they have the same password and/or when you login to the billing system, it automatically logs you into cPanel.

For web hosts that have an integrated login, the method of changing the password may be different.

Web Hosts Have Different Themes

cPanel allows web hosts to modify the appearance of cPanel significantly, so your cPanel control panel may look different (sometimes very different), but the steps are typically the same for all cPanel-powered web hosts.

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Article Updates

We decided the best way to demonstrate changing your password is to make a video.  This is our very first video, so be kind.  We also added some important notes to the article, explaining that not all web hosts are the same and some things to watch out for.

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Article Updates

We added screenshots for the Paper Lantern and x3 themes, and made it clearer that where you change your password is different depending on which theme you are using.

Scott M. Stolz
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WisTex, Director & CEO