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December 2017 Development Update

Between the cPanel conference, releasing cPanel & WHM Version 68 and building version 70, we’ve done a whole lot since our last Development Update! We’ve had a ton of blog posts covering a lot of the new and exciting things that came with version 68 already. Let’s talk about version 70, and some of the other stuff coming down the pipeline.

v70

If you’ve started to take a look at version 70, you’ll likely notice that there’s a significant lack of new features. That’s because this version our entire development department focused on improving, finishing, and refactoring existing features. We have made the base of cPanel & WHM faster, less complex, and more easily managed. All of this work will help make it easier for us to add new features in future versions. If you haven’t yet, definitely set up an EDGE server and take a look!

As a reminder, as the first version that we release in 2018, version 70 will be the LTS version for next year. Versions 64 and 66 have already reached End of Life, version 68 and will be End of Life as soon as version 70 hits STABLE. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, take a look at the blog post from last year cPanel’s Tiered Update System, and Plans for the LTS Tier.

Amazon AMI

After a whole lot of work by one of our development teams, we have finally been able to get our AWS AMI updated on Amazon. If you haven’t already been using it, or have tried before and had a bad experience, we’d love for you to take a look! Build a server at AWS and send me your feedback on the experience. If you think of things we can adjust or add to the product that will make it easier, feel free to submit them to the cPanel & WHM Feature Request site.

Coming in 2018…

There are a lot of things coming in 2018, both in the product and outside of the product. Let’s outline some of them.

Roadmap

We receive a variety of questions from different members of the cPanel community that are best summarized as “What is the cPanel & WHM roadmap?” People want to know where the product is going, what the goals and strategies are, and what cPanel, Inc. is up to. We aim to improve this early in 2018 by sharing a simplified roadmap detailing the goals and vision for cPanel & WHM.

GDPR

While the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) doesn’t directly impact us, we’ll be helping our customers prepare for the requirements that the GDPR will bring. Look for updates from us during the first quarter of 2018!

DNSOnly licensing

In 2018 we’re going to add licenses for cPanel DNSOnly servers. Currently, DNSOnly servers do not require a license and will continue to work without a license. I know this triggers a lot of questions and concerns, so let’s start with a couple of the ones we’ve already heard:

  1. Will you begin charging for DNSOnly?
    1. That is not the plan at this time. Though there is always been a possibility that we would want to release a pay-for DNSOnly product, this is not something we’re doing as the first step toward charging. For us, adding licensing is far more about being able to gather data about use from DNSOnly servers.
  2. How will you roll this out?
    1. Step one will be to issue the licenses, on DNSOnly servers, without requiring the license for functionality. This will give us insight into how many servers are misconfigured or have errors, and therefore how many would have problems when upgrading to an environment that required a license.

What other questions and concerns do you have? Feel free to comment below or send me an email: benny@cpanel.net

Have a happy end of your year!

Whether you’re taking a vacation (like me), or taking advantage of everyone else’s vacation, I hope you have a fantastic last week of 2017, and that 2018 gives you everything your heart desires.

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This post entirely composed my favorite self-created 2017 spotify playlist.

benny Vasquez

scripter, crafter, cPanel's Manager of Community Engagement. Facilitating communication between cPanel's amazing development team, and cPanel's amazing community. Find me on twitter: @cpaneldev

12 responses to “December 2017 Development Update”

  1. Nirjonadda says:

    Great, Hope will be happened Today?

  2. benny Vasquez says:

    Nginx won’t be added in v70, but it’s on our goals for 2018!

  3. benny Vasquez says:

    As described in the post, charging isn’t the plan, for sure!

  4. Nirjonadda says:

    As I know Nginx are Planned for v70 but why still are not added?

  5. Daniel Cohen says:

    plus its 2018 and we still waiting for NGINX that is planned for long time along with NodeJS..

    the WordPress Manager sounds like great feature hope it be better even than plesk

  6. Daniel Cohen says:

    “Will you begin charging for DNSOnly?” you shouldnt be charging for it…

  7. benny Vasquez says:

    We are hoping to see it go early next week!

  8. Nirjonadda says:

    When happen v70 in Current Tier stage?

  9. Morten says:

    I will take a look at that thread, and I checked on the dev server and I think case CPANEL-16927 is fixed. At least I hope and that was the main issue and causing most support from our users.

    CPANEL-16857
    That is ok, and I understand it will take some time to fix that. But at least we should be able to remove that icon without removing the whole backup icon in cPanel. That’s just a big mess the way you made it.

    CPANEL-13337
    Thanks. We had to enable to old feature that you will remove to address this for now.

  10. benny Vasquez says:

    Hi Morten!

    I’m so sorry for the frustration! Version 66 did reach end of life, so I definitely recommend upgrading ASAP.

    CPANEL-16927 is indeed fixed in version 70, as you say. I think, additionally, you’ll find that the problems are resolved in 68, even though that specific case didn’t get backported. Did you see this post from Nick? It might help ease your concerns as well:
    https://forums.cpanel.net/threads/ssl-notifications-in-cpanel-68.614395/page-3#post-2498103

    CPANEL-16857 — Though we do intend to expand the feature, the problem here is documentation rather than in the feature. Only backups generated at the root level are currently able to be restored from. We’re working on clarifying this. The permissions allowing a cPanel user to restore are tied to the same as the backup wizard, which is why there’s confusion. I apologize for that!

    CPANEL-13337 hasn’t been picked up yet, but I’m going to chase this one down to see if we can get it addressed soon.

    Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  11. Morten says:

    What about fixing the bugs you have in v 68 so we can upgrade from v 66 first?
    I cannot believe that you have EOF for a version when you only add bugs and faulty features in v68!

    Check and prioritize these bugs first:
    CPANEL-16628 – autossl notification even if we dont use autossl.
    – I understand this have changed to CPANEL-16927 and been released in v 70, but have not tested it yet so cannot say if you actually fixed the bug yet.

    CPANEL-16857 – file restore icon
    – Why release a feature that does not work? And we cannot remove the icon either.

    CPANEL-13337 – contact in cpanel
    – This is also hilarious, check our tickets!

  12. Morten says:

    What about fixing the bugs you have in v 68 so we can upgrade from v 66 first?
    I cannot believe that you have EOF for a version when you only add bugs and faulty features in v68!

    Check and prioritize these bugs first:
    CPANEL-16628 – autossl notification even if we dont use autossl.
    – I understand this have changed to CPANEL-16927 and been released in v 70, but have not tested it yet so cannot say if you actually fixed the bug yet.

    CPANEL-16857 – file restore icon
    – Why release a feature that does not work? And we cannot remove the icon either.

    CPANEL-13337 – contact in cpanel
    – This is also hilarious, check our tickets!

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