The ability to clone scripts within Softaculous is a valuable and often overlooked feature. It can quickly and easily provide a safe place for you to test updates or create an up-to-date development environment.
To start the cloning process, you’ll want to go to the All Installations section of Softaculous. For each installation you’ll then see the clone option.
Upon selecting clone, you’ll be prompted to configure where you would like to clone the installation to. We highly recommend creating a separate subdomain for this that is outside of the current site’s document root. This helps to avoid any cross contamination between the two sites, particularly as it relates to custom .htaccess settings. Continue reading
An often overlooked feature of cPanel is the webmail interface, which offers far more than just a place to view your email. It is a very powerful tool that allows email users to fully manage their own email accounts. The interface was recently updated in cPanel 84 and includes a few new features as well.
From within webmail you can view device configuration information, setup filters or forwarders, change your password, configure spam filtering, manage disk usage and even track delivery of emails.
This can be a tremendous time saving tool for both you and your clients because it empowers email users to manage their own account. Simply send them to /webmail on their domain and they can login with their own email address and password.
We’re very pleased to announce that Node.js applications can now be deployed on all of our servers. This functionality is available within cPanel via the “Setup Node.js App” link that can be found under the software section. Upon selecting the “Create Application” button you’ll see the screen below.
When creating an application you have the following options available to you:
- Node.js Version – We currently offer the latest LTS (12.x) and prior LTS (10.x) versions. More can be added as needed though currently we plan to stick with the LTS releases (even version numbers). The desired version can be changed for any application at any time.
- Application Mode – Simply select Development or Production based on your needs.
- Application Root – This defines the file system path for the application, relative to the cPanel account’s home directory. If the cPanel user was “node” then entering “app” in this field would create the application at /home/node/app.
- Application URL – This configures the URL to be used with the application. If left blank, it will configure the root (sub)domain to load the application.
- Application Startup File – This defines your application startup file and will default to app.js if left blank.
You can also choose to define a passenger log file and setup custom environment variables if desired. Once you’ve created the application, you can visit the URL you configured for the application and see a basic test page like the one below.
Now that you have created an application, you can continue to manage it via cPanel. This includes restarting it, changing the Node.js version, switching between Development and Production, etc.
We know that many of you have been looking forward to this functionality and we’re eager to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think here or via a ticket!
PHP 7.3 was released early this month and is now available on all of our servers! As with prior versions, you can easily change the PHP version per cPanel account via the “Select PHP Version” option in cPanel.
PHP 7.3.0 comes with numerous improvements and new features such as:
The migration guide is available in the PHP Manual. Please consult it for the detailed list of new features and backward incompatible changes. For 3rd party applications, it’s best to confirm that they support PHP 7.3 before making the switch. However, if you run into any issues you can quickly and easily revert back to your prior version.
We’re excited to announce that we now support Python and Ruby applications across all of our hosting platforms! These have been popular feature requests and we’re happy to be able to announce their availability. These capabilities are made possible by CloudLinux’s Python & Ruby Selector as well as LiteSpeed’s mod_passenger support. Similar to the PHP Selector, Python and Ruby applications can be deployed directly via cPanel under the Software section as seen below.
If you select “Setup Python App”, you’ll be prompted to select your desired Python version, the app’s directory, and the app’s web address (URI). Currently, Python versions 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 are available. Continue reading
cPanel version 72, which we deployed to all servers about a week ago, has a couple of new features that I wanted to quickly highlight. The first of these adds the ability to setup Git repositories via Files -> Git Version Control in cPanel as seen below.
When creating a repository, you have the option to clone an existing one if desired. Once it has been created you’ll be provided with the SSH URL to access it. SSH (Shell) access will need to be enabled on the cPanel account and you’ll have to use the cPanel username and password to login.
On the topic of SSH access, a new in-browser terminal is also now available from directly within cPanel. This can be found under Advanced -> Terminal. We just activated this feature on our servers today due to a cPanel update now correctly launching these connections within CageFS. While I wouldn’t let it replace a desktop client for regular SSH access, it is certainly convenient to use on occasion since it is quickly accessible without having to do anything other than login to cPanel. SSH (Shell) access does have to be enabled on the cPanel account for the Terminal link to show up.
We hope you’re able to put these new features to good use and look forward to sharing more with you as further updates become available. Please don’t hesitate to submit a support ticket if we can be of any assistance with these features.
It has been a little while since our last behind the scenes update so I wanted to take a quick moment to share a few things.
Last week, we completed deployment of cPanel 70 to all of our servers. While there weren’t a lot of visible changes in this version, you may have noticed the new “Email Accounts” interface in cPanel.
To start, you’ll see the interface is now broken down into four different tabs that allow you to add email accounts, view / modify them, manage the default account, and manage other configuration settings. This page will default to the list view of email accounts where you’ll now see the “Access Webmail” link more prominently. You can now also select the “Manage Suspension” option to suspend or hold outgoing email for a single email account. Continue reading
We’re happy to announce that PHP 7.2 is now available on all of our hosting servers. It is also now the default version of PHP for all newly created cPanel accounts. PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, and 7.1 remain available as alternative options using the “Select PHP Version” link from within cPanel. A short guide on the use of PHP Selector can be found here.
The PHP version for all existing cPanel accounts has not changed, though you can use PHP Selector to change this at any time.
PHP 7.2 comes with numerous improvements and new features such as
If your applications support PHP 7.2, we do recommend making the switch. PHP Selector makes this process very simple and you can easily revert to any prior version of PHP at any time, if needed.
cPanel’s Web Disk feature allows you to easily manage your cPanel account files beyond what can be accomplished via FTP/SFTP or the file manager. In many cases, you can even have the account’s data show up as a local folder on your computer, making it very familiar to work with. With cPanel’s free Web Desk iOS app, you can also achieve this same connectivity from your iOS devices. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can simply add the account that you wish to connect with.
Once you’ve saved your new server, you can simply select it to connect and you’ll immediately see the data that is on the account.
This interface allows you to perform all common tasks such as downloading, uploading, renaming, creating folders, etc. from the convenience of your phone. As iOS 11 is released with the new Files app, this should prove to be even more useful. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts!
Office 365 has quickly become a popular option for clients requiring Exchange hosted email. As a result, we frequently see tickets seeking help with setting up the required DNS records. Even if you’re familiar with editing DNS zones, the required SRV records may throw you off.
Microsoft does provide a general guide for all of the necessary DNS records here but it doesn’t specifically address adding them via WHM or cPanel. If you have WHM access, using the “Edit DNS Zone” link under “DNS Functions” on the left menu will be the easiest option. From there you can add the necessary records at the bottom of the page. You will have to do this in batches since there aren’t enough fields to add all of the records in at once. Once you’re done, the added records should look like this:
You’ll notice we’re using “dathornexample.com” as the domain there. Your own records will instead use your own domain. The “msXXXXXXXX” value is provided by Microsoft to verify your domain, yours will have numbers instead of the placeholder X’s. When editing DNS records via WHM, you should always put quotes around TXT values, as can be seen in the SPF record above. You’ll notice the other “MS=” TXT record doesn’t have quotes shown, that’s because they were automatically removed since they were not needed in that case. With WHM, you’re best off putting quotes around the TXT values and letting WHM decide what to do. Continue reading