With cPanel version 96 now installed on all of our servers, we wanted to take a quick moment and highlight a couple of the included changes.
New Glass Style for Paper Lantern
A new style, named Glass, has been added to the Paper Lantern theme. This is basically just a more lightweight, minimalistic version of the existing Basic style. Upon first look you might even wonder why none of the icons loaded but rest assured that is intentional.
While cPanel has tried to force this as the default for all new cPanel accounts, we’ve instead reverted back to the Basic style to avoid any confusion. You can easily change styles at any time via the “Change Style” link in cPanel. If you would like to set a default style at the WHM reseller level you can do that as well via Customization -> Customize Style in WHM.
DNS Zone Manager
A couple of very important improvements were made to WHM’s recent addition, the DNS Zone Manager. It now has the ability to manage multiple records at the same time and the ability to change a record’s type. The lack of these two capabilities had really limited the usefulness of this functionality up until now.
With the DNS Zone Manager now being more functional, the legacy “Edit DNS Zone” functionality has been removed entirely in cPanel 96. The Edit MX Entry interface has also been removed and replaced with an Email Routing Configuration page that replicates the same Email Routing functionality that is available within cPanel.
While not groundbreaking by any means, these changes may alter your workflow a little bit. If you have any questions about the new interfaces or require any other assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
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!
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.
We’re excited to announce that two-factor (2FA) authentication is now available for all of our cPanel and WHM users! Two factor authentication adds an additional layer of security to your logins by requiring a security code in addition to your username and password to login. This security code is provided by an application on your mobile device once setup on your account.
WHM users can find the “Two-Factor Authentication” link on the left menu under the “Security Center” as seen below.
On this page you can go to the “Manage Users” tab to view and modify any cPanel users under your reseller account that have 2FA enabled. You can also go to the “Manage My Account” tab to setup 2FA on your own WHM account. Continue reading
As we get close to completing all of our server upgrades, I wanted to go ahead and quickly highlight a feature that is available on the new servers. We’ve permitted clients to change the version of PHP that their site uses for many years now but this has always required a modification to the domain’s .htaccess file. Although this wasn’t particularly difficult, it has been simplified even further with the inclusion of PHP Selector. PHP Selector is a CloudLinux component that sits on top of CageFS and allows each cPanel user to select their desired PHP version.
Once you’ve logged into cPanel you’ll find the “Select PHP Version” option under the “Software” menu group as shown below.