Master Your Fear of Hostgator’s CPanel: Claim Google AdWords Credit

This is the first in a series of casual (unscripted!) screencasts to help you overcome your fears of CPanel. If you recently opened an account on Hostgator you may have a $100 credit for Google AdWords. Unfortunately for those who faint at the words ‘login your cpanel’, the credit voucher is in the dreaded CPanel!  So don’t be afraid to claim it!


Hostgator sent you a new account email containing the control panel (cpanel) url, user name and password to login, which you gladly turned over to your techie friend or freelancer! But as with many things in the adult world you need to understand a little about what’s under the hood, if only to give it proper respect, not fear!

How to login your site’s control panel

The quick way is to use your domain name with “/cpanel” to bring up the login screen — you still need to have your user id and password. This is critical information when in the wrong hands can leave your site vulnerable to hackers, so be sure to protect it and change passwords before/after you share with anyone.   You then see the dashboard of control panel functions. A daunting list! Here’s a snapshot of one section — looks interesting… In future series we’ll safely explore features like the File Manager.

Partial Dashboard for Hostgator

If you have a voucher it will be in the left sidebar.  The expiration date is at the bottom of the page when you press ‘redeem now’. e.g.

“* Offer expires December 31, 2012. Promotional credit must be applied to a new AdWords account within 15 days of creating the account and is valid only for new Google AdWords customers with self-managed signup accounts…”

How to claim your voucher

The cpanel part is quite simple. Just login and follow the screencast below. The video goes further and shows you a sample adwords campaign and budgeting strategy. Remember it’s free for a reason — to get you to use more than the $100 credit. You must backup the account with a credit card or other payment methods (USA or Canada billing address only). You will be charged if you go over the credit amount. But if the campaign does wonders for your  business, it’s well worth seeing which keywords worked best. You can then budget a revised, more targeted campaign.

Screencast  – Claim AdWords Credit on Hostgator

How do you plan to use your AdWords? What other cpanel fears to you have?  I may select it as the next topic in the series…


  1. I never could understand why people fear cPanel. They are successful at what they do as far as web hosting goes. Checking into some other services might not be a bad idea,though.

    • Hi there. Thanks for dropping a comment — I’m starting to think no one is really interested in a series on cpanel… lol

  2. Hey! Awesome tutorial!!! I wonder why people fear cpanel! first time is used it i was 14 years old and i knew it contains things that would make serious changed in my website.. lol
    anyways, i just wanted to say that its a very awesome tutorial… it actually solved my problem because i was thinking about if hostgator really gives a 100$ for adwards to start using their hosting packages and this just confirmed to me! thanks 🙂

    • Awah, thanks for stopping by! There are many reasons to use Hostgator but Google gives them the Adword credit offer. It was there when a recent client bought hosting but don’t assume it will always be on the cpanel. Google also mails coupon to businesses.

      I appreciate your feedback.

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    • Hello Beatrice,
      I don’t exchange links — used to have a ‘grab button’ but Google doesn’t like links to unrelated sites…
      Not sure what you meant by ‘approximately’ LOL. Hope I’m not “eating spam”, but I think you’re a real person with a Twitter account (?)…

  4. Hi Shirley,
    I got my adwords credit when I signed up with HostGator. It took me some time to understand CPanel but I have somewhat mastered it since then. The tutorial is well done and I wish I saw it when I first started my blog.

    Take Care.

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for your input. Often we find something after the fact, but I’ve been lucky lately — just about everything seems to be on Google or Youtube. I had to view a video to figure out how to change the battery in my wireless mouse device!

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  6. I will admit, the HostGator control panel is a little scary the first time you log in. There are just soooo many options. I took your advice and used my hostgator coupon to adwords and used it for youtube. I think I’m getting more bang for my buck.

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