Understanding Domain of One's Own Accounts & Passwords

One aspect of Domain of One's Own that users may find a bit complicated at first is understanding the different accounts (and associated passwords) that you can manage as part of your participation in the project. This article outlines the types of accounts that you are likely to have, what they are for, and how you go about resetting passwords on each of them.

Your cPanel Account

When you first sign-up for your domain and hosting, an account will be generated that provides you with access to your slice of the Domain of One's Own Web server. You will access this account to complete the following types of tasks:

  • install Web applications, like WordPress
  • setup subdomains
  • set up email addresses
  • set up FTP accounts
  • access the built-in File Manager

You will likely access this space infrequently. Once you have installed applications on your site, you'll mostly work through your Application Accounts (see below).

Your Application Administrator Accounts

Every time you install a new application in cPanel, an Administrator Account for that application will be created. You will likely use these accounts very often – every time you need to log in to your application to manage the associated Web site, you will use this account.

For example, if you install WordPress to manage your Web site, every time you need to add content to WordPress, change your theme, approve comments, etc. you will use this account to log in.

Usually, you will be given the opportunity to choose the user ID and password for that account. We recommend choosing something that you are likely to remember but that is strong and secure.

Upon installation, you will likely receive an email confirming the user ID and password combination you chose. It will also have information about how to access the log in page for that application. You may wish to make sure you don't delete this message.

Depending on the application you're working with, managing and resetting the password for this account will vary. If you've used Installatron to install the application, however, you can always review the account credentials:

  • Login to cPanel.
  • Click the Installatron icon.
  • Find the application you installed under My Applications.
  • Click the Edit button (this looks like a blue wrench).
  • Scroll down to find the Administrator Username and Password.

In addition, most applications should have some kind of password reset link on the login page.

Other Types of Accounts

In addition to the three account types outlined above, there are a few other kinds of accounts you may have as part of Domain of One's Own:

  • Email: If you set up an email address at your domain, you will have an account associated with this.
  • FTP: If you set up FTP on your account, you will need to set up an account.
  • Application User Accounts: In addition to the Administrator Account that you set up when installing an application, most applications will also let you set up user accounts.