cPanel and WHM simplifies website and server management. The cPanel and WHM software package makes life easier for web hosts and the website owners they serve. It offers intuitive, powerful tools that perform essential tasks quickly, easily, and reliably
WebHost Manager (WHM), our server control panel interface, is designed for server administrators and web hosts. WHM makes it easy to: Set up and modify customer accounts; Receive alerts if the server goes down; Install applications and programming language modules; Create and apply hosting plans; Block spam; Integrate new web technologies; and Brand customers’ cPanel interfaces with custom logos.
Managing a website with cPanel
The most important part of a website owner’s job is creating, uploading, and editing web pages. In cPanel, a site owner has several options for managing content. He or she can: Easily upload and manage web pages in cPanel’s File Manager. Use cPanel’s Web Disk feature to drag and drop files into the customer’s account. Use traditional file transfer methods (including FTP, SFTP, and FTPS).
Create additional FTP accounts for employees. Site owners can install commonly used web-based applications, such as WordPress blogs, osCommerce stores, and phpBB forums, simply by answering a few quick questions in the cPanel interface
Backing up data is simple with cPanel’s Backup Wizard. Our software comes equipped with an interface to help site owners manage and acquire backups for their entire account.
Virus protection makes it easy to scan files for viruses. Site owners can even prevent other websites from inappropriately using their bandwidth, password-protect areas of a site, and set up cPanel to automatically ban a user who shares a password to a restricted area of the website.
Many SEOs prefer cPanel because of the amount of information it provides about web traffic. Web statistics can be generated by three different statistics generators. In addition, logs of errors encountered by website visitors, bandwidth tracking, and even raw FTP access logs are available via the cPanel interface.
Professional web developers love cPanel, too. They can quickly view a server's PHP configuration, install Ruby Gems, customize error pages and how content is served.
Localization allows webmasters to use cPanel in Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Website owners can use cPanel to create email accounts associated with a website. cPanel supports the standard mail protocols, including POP, IMAP, and SMTP, both with and without SSL encryption.
To curb spam, cPanel provides powerful spam deterrents: SpamAssassin and BoxTrapper. We also offer the ability to automatically route messages to a spam folder.
cPanel provides a web-based interface for checking email, so account holders can access mail at any time, from any computer with a web browser. cPanel also supports the latest email technologies to ensure messages reach the intended destination.
cPanel users can set up email forwarding, which allows account holders to have an address at one domain (such as firstname.lastname@example.org) forward incoming messages to another (such as email@example.com). This can also be useful to businesses that need to route email to an employee’s BlackBerry® or other mobile device.
For power users, mail filtering and mailing lists are available.
Our expert team continuously refines the cPanel interface. The result is an intuitive product that allows website owners to maintain their sites easily without needing to contact their hosting provider.
To minimize setup time, cPanel includes a Getting Started Wizard, which walks new users through the initial configuration of an account. Users also have access to built-in video tutorials and on-screen documentation, for step-by-step instructions and other useful information.
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With WHM, server administrators can easily control the technologies their servers employ. Using our exclusive EasyApache utility, server administrators can, with a few clicks:
In the Service Configuration section of WHM, administrators can manage the configuration for FTP, email and web services, and more.
WHM offers robust control over email. Server administrators can choose to automatically block spam before it ever reaches the server. Administrators can also let the server automatically tap into a pool of knowledge regarding which servers are sending spam, so the mail server software knows not to accept spam from those servers.
If a server administrator finds a useful application or programming language module, he or she can very easily install it via the WHM interface.
WHM can automatically update the server’s cPanel and WHM software package, as well as other server software cPanel and WHM rely on. The administrator can choose to update the server frequently with the newest version available, or only use thoroughly tested versions of the software. Automatic updates can also be disabled.
WHM automatically handles the formerly mundane and repetitive task of creating the necessary DNS entries for every new hosting account; however, administrators can customize the DNS zone templates that WHM uses. They can also set up custom shell scripts to execute before or after certain tasks are completed (for example, whenever a new account is created).
Before system administrators began using WHM, services run by a server could be down for hours or days before the administrator was notified. With WHM, if any server software fails, WHM will automatically restart that software and let the administrator know via IM, pager, email and/or SMS (phone). This allows the administrator to investigate the cause immediately, potentially averting a catastrophic server failure.
WHM will also notify the system administrator if there's a lack of available hard disk space. It offers a tool for administrators to monitor hard disk utilization so they better understand what corrective actions should be taken. Server administrators can also monitor server load via WHM, as well as review daily reports of processor utilization, pinpointing which processes are using the most processor power.
Server reliability also requires preventing the server from being compromised. WHM's Security Center allows administrators to implement powerful security measures with a click of a mouse. Our software offers a wide variety of functionality, from brute force to spam protection.
Using outdated web applications is a common cause of security weaknesses for web servers. Our cPAddons framework will notify hosting customers when their web applications are out-of-date, if they installed them via cPanel. Server administrators can also use WHM to forcefully upgrade out-of-date web applications.
As we mentioned above, WHM allows web hosts to:
Web hosts can also:
By default, users do not have shell (command line) access to the server. However, server administrators can grant limited or full permissions for any account.
As a web hosting company grows, it may begin to have multiple servers running cPanel and WHM. Fortunately, it’s easy to transfer accounts among WHM servers. If a company needs to migrate an account from another control panel application, WHM can handle that as well. Server administrators can also restore account backups made by new customers migrating from another web host. This allows the customer to bring the website back online far quicker than would be possible with a manual migration.
With WHM, hosts can allocate large blocks of resources to reseller accounts. Reseller accounts are hosting accounts that have access to the account management functionality of WHM. They do not have full access to the server, only the access necessary to manage multiple hosting accounts. Resellers and server administrators can completely brand the appearance of the cPanel interface for their customers. We use industry standards such as CSS to make this process easy. (To view an example of a branded cPanel interface, visit MyBrandedHost.com.)
Hosts looking for a billing automation solution should feel free to contact our friendly sales team. They can refer you to solutions that work well with our software.
While WHM provides the functionality needed to run a web hosting company, it will also adapt to a host’s existing infrastructure needs. Feel free to discuss your needs with our sales team, so they can refer you to the APIs, hooks, and scripts available for extending the functionality of WHM and cPanel.
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