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All posts by: Phil Hodges

Building Communities with Social Media

According to Statista, over 3 billion people across the world are expected to have some form of social media account by 2021. That’s 1/3 of the population of the entire planet. While social media use in the business world has been around for the better part of a decade, it has recently become an integral part of growing communities and building brand recognition. Companies use social media as customer outreach, to announce a new …

Gotta Go Faster: How Installation Times Improved

If you’ve performed a fresh cPanel & WHM installation recently, you may have noticed how much faster the process is. Aside from a lot of under the hood magic (no, not really), an impressive amount of work and planning over multiple years of cPanel & WHM was required. Currently, the time to install cPanel & WHM on a brand new server is averaging between 3 and 15 minutes. That’s a pretty drastic reduction from the 60-90 …

Removal of PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 in EasyApache Profiles

PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 reached End of Life at the beginning of the year, and are no longer receiving any security patches from PHP. We are encouraging users to upgrade to supported PHP versions in EasyApache 4. Here’s what you need to know about upgrading: We are removing PHP 5.6 and 7.0 from our default EasyApache profiles. This change only impacts servers running our default EasyApache profiles currently/ We are planning on removing PHP …

Let’s Talk AutoSSL- The Updates!

One of the more popular topics talked about amongst the cPanel Community is AutoSSL, a tool that automatically installs domain-validated SSL certificates for cPanel services and users’ websites. Since we haven’t touched on AutoSSL on our blog for a bit, some of the recent changes added to cPanel & WHM have created an opportune time to revisit one of cPanel’s most popular features. What is AutoSSL? AutoSSL is the solution for one of the most prominent SSL pain points for cPanel & …

Brace Yourselves, NGINX is Coming

Arguably, one of the most requested and popular feature requests submitted for cPanel & WHM has been the addition of the NGINX web server as an alternative to Apache. We have good news for those of you that have been asking: NGINX is coming. Note: as NGINX support on cPanel & WHM servers is still experimental, it will not be available in the WHM graphic user interface right away. Be advised that this is a representation of …

Force HTTPS Redirection

We’ve talked about SSL (secure socket layer) certificates both on the cPanel blog and at the 2018 cPanel Conference in Houston, Tx as well as many other avenues at length. The importance of having an SSL for services and websites on your server cannot be understated. One of the most common support requests for both hosting providers and end-users is: once an SSL certificate is installed for your website, how do you redirect traffic to …

The cPanel Mail Server – cPanel Eats Its Own Dog Food

“Eating your own dog food” is a popular practice amongst companies where the employees are encouraged, and often do, use their own product in real life scenarios. The phrase “eating your own dog food” was purported to have been coined in the 1970s when television advertisements for Alpo Dog Food. Spokesman Lorne Greene pointed out that he had fed Alpo to his own dogs. Another possibility, even stranger, was a story of the president of …

Introducing ImunifyAV to cPanel & WHM servers

In 2018, cPanel and longterm partner CloudLinux began offering Imunify360 as a featured comprehensive security product. With cPanel & WHM Version 82 and 84, we are now integrating ImunifyAV into all cPanel & WHM servers. We have spent years working extensively with the development teams at CloudLinux on a variety of products. The Imunify Security development team is highly responsive, and after reviewing test results, we decided it was a tool we wanted to provide …

Securing Exim for your Hosting Environment

Exim (Experimental Internal Mailer) is a mail transfer agent known for being a general and flexible mailer, with many tools for checking incoming email. Created in 1995 by Philip Hazel, an estimated 57% of publicly reachable mail servers on the internet use Exim. Using the Sendmail design model, Exim has defined stages where it gains or loses privileges on a server, to help increase the security of mail delivery overall. Many of the benefits that Exim provides …