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How to Configure and Manage Let’s Encrypt in cPanel

It’s super easy to install and manage SSL certificates in cPanel & WHM. Certificate requests and installations happen automatically with  AutoSSL and an  integration such as the cPanel Let’s Encrypt™ plugin. SSL automation saves web hosting providers time and eliminates the deluge of support requests that traditionally accompany SSL certificate issues.  AutoSSL includes a default certificate provider, which we chose for its reliability, usability, and generous domain and rate limits. However, we also made it …

How to Back Up and Restore MySQL® Databases in cPanel

Data that exist in one place barely exists at all. It’s a hardware failure or mistyped command away from disappearing completely. That’s a scary thought, considering business’ most valuable assets include data. Imagine recreating everything in your database from scratch! Regular database backups are essential because that’s where your most important data are stored, whether it’s customer details, email addresses, product catalogs, content, or the hundreds of other types of information businesses need to function. …

Setting Up and Troubleshooting SMTP in cPanel

When you host your email on your domain with an SMTP server, you are in control. You can choose an email address to suit your business or personal brand. All the data is stored privately on a server or hosting account only you can access. If you want to move to a different hosting provider, there’s nothing to stop you because you aren’t locked-in to a hosted service. So why don’t more people host their …

Using CalDAV Calendars and CardDAV Contacts in cPanel

In our increasingly busy world, we’d be lost without email, calendar, and contacts apps to communicate, collaborate, and manage our time. Unfortunately, getting all these apps to work with each other can be a frustrating challenge. There are so many incompatible platforms that we often struggle to make our calendar and contact hosting services talk to our preferred devices and applications.  That’s why, in addition to web and email hosting features, cPanel & WHM includes …

How To Survive a DDoS Attack

Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks can take any website offline. Even Google and GitHub, with their immense resources, struggle to stay online during a large attack. Even worse, anyone with a few dollars can launch one.  If you host websites, you and your users could be hit with a denial of service attack big enough to take sites down for hours or even days. However, the worst effects of DDoS attacks can be avoided …

cPanel & WHM Server Monitoring: Tools for better control

An influential IBM® engineer once said that measurement is the first step towards control and improvement. He was talking about business systems, but it’s just as valid for servers. You can’t control or improve web hosting operations without monitoring, which is why cPanel & WHM is packed with tools to give you insight into your server’s hardware and software. This article will show you how cPanel & WHM’s server monitoring tools make it easy to …

How To Configure a Cron Job

Do you find yourself wasting hours on tedious and repetitive server administration tasks? If you answered yes, you’re going to love this article, which explores how cron and cPanel & WHM help you automate these boring but essential aspects of web hosting. Cron is a time-based scheduler. It allows server administrators to run scripts known as cron jobs automatically at scheduled intervals. cPanel & WHM runs several essential server maintenance scripts in this way, and …

How To Install LiteSpeed Web Server and LiteSpeed Cache on cPanel

The Apache web server is a critical component of cPanel & WHM, but no software can be all things to all people, and that’s why we’re happy to offer alternatives like NGINX and the LiteSpeed Web Server. We recently wrote about using NGINX instead of Apache in cPanel, and, although we’re working on it, NGINX isn’t yet a fully compatible replacement. LiteSpeed is a different story. It is easy to install, integrates perfectly with …

How to Set Up a Smarthost SMTP Relay with cPanel

Do your users’ emails disappear somewhere between your server and the recipient? They send emails, but the messages never reach their destination. Somewhere out there, in the wilds of the internet, a system beyond your control scrutinizes messages and thinks: Nope! Email delivery issues can be incredibly frustrating.  Messages that go missing in this way are collateral damage in the never-ending war against spam. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and inbox providers want to stop spam …

MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 10.1 End of Life

Hashes to hashes, dust to dust The following databases will reach End of Life status within the next year: MariaDB® 10.1 on October 17 2020. MySQL® 5.6 on February 5, 2021. cPanel, L.L.C. will no longer provide support for systems running MariaDB 10.1 or MySQL 5.6 after they reach End of Life status. System administrators who do not upgrade their servers to newer supported versions of those databases are at risk of not receiving essential patches to security vulnerabilities and …