Installing cPanel and WHM on Linux CentOS Cloud Servers

2020-01-02 By Aaron 3951 Views linux centos cpanel
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cPanel is one of most common and popular control panel used in Linux web hosting. It allows a user to manage the server through a graphical interface with ease. cPanel comes with separate interfaces which facilitates for both user level access (cPanel) and root level access (Web Host Manager or WHM).

Some of the features of cPanel are:

  • Simple and powerful graphical user interface

  • Easy management of services in the server

  • Option to switch between different FTP, DNS and Mail services

  • Easy database management through phpMyAdmin


This guide will outline the steps required to install cPanel in CentOS server.

NOTE: cPanel installation is currently ONLY supported in Linux servers with CentOS versions 6.5 or later, CloudLinux versions 6 and 7, RHEL versions 6 and 7 and Amazon Linux.


Pre-requisites

Before proceeding with the installation of cPanel, there are few steps that should be done in the server.


  1. Update hostname of server with a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN).

    cPanel installation requires the server to have a Fully Qualified Domain Name as the hostname of the server. If the hostname is not set correctly, there are chances that cPanel installation will encounter errors such as below:

    cpanel1

    The following command can be used to set the hostname in the server.

    # hostname FQDN
    

    In the below example, server.layerstack.com has been set as the hostname of the server. Logout of the server once the hostname has been set and then log back in for the changes to be made effective.

    cpanel2


  1. Install Perl in server.

    It should be made sure that Perl is installed in the server. Below command can be executed to install Perl in server.

    # yum -y install perl
    


  1. Install wget and screen in server.

    Although cPanel installation is simple, it takes considerable time to get completed. Executing the installation in screen will make sure that the installation is not interrupted.

    Run the below command to install wget and screen commands in the server in one single go.

    # yum -y install screen wget
    


  1. Disable Network Manager service.

    Make sure that the Network Manager service is disabled and network.service service is enabled before cPanel installation. Below commands can be used for this purpose.


CentOS 7

  • Disable Network Manager service by executing below commands.

    # systemctl stop NetworkManager
    
    # systemctl disable NetworkManager
    
  • Restart the network.

    # systemctl enable network.service
    
    # systemctl start network.service
    


CentOS 6

  • Disable Network Manager service by executing below commands.

    # service NetworkManager stop
    
    # chkconfig NetworkManager off
    
  • Restart the network.

    # chkconfig network on
    
    # service network start
    


Start to install cPanel control panel

  1. Start a new session by executing below command.

    # screen
    
  2. Once the screen session opens up, download the latest cPanel & WHM Installer file using the below command.

    # wget -N https://securedownloads.cpanel.net/latest
    

    cpanel3

  3. Execute the installer script by running the below command.

    # sh latest
    

    NOTE: The script will take around a couple of hours to be completed and will run uninterrupted in the screen. To detach the screen and exit out of the current session, press the Ctrl+A+D keys together.

    The screen can be reattached to check on the status of the installation by executing the below command.

    # screen -r
    
  4. Once the cPanel installation has been completed, a summary of the installation will be shown at the end as below:

    cpanel4

  5. WHM/cPanel can now be accessed using the below URL’s.

    https://<ip_address>:2087 (WHM)
    (or)
    https://<domain_name>:2087
    
    https://<ip_address>:2083 (cPanel)
    (or)
    https://<domain_name>:2083
    


  • WHM panel facilitates administrative access to a server and helps in managing the entire hosting functions such as creation/modification and deletion of accounts, managing services of the server including DNS, Mail, Database and FTP and statistics and logs monitoring.

  • cPanel is the user-level management panel, through which the user for a domain can manage the basic functions related to the website, such as upload website files, create email accounts, create subdomains, addon domains etc.


Set up and configure WHM


  1. Once WHM is accessed using the above specified URL, the WHM login interface page will open up, similar to below. Log in to WHM using the root user and its associated password.

    cpanel5

  2. After logging in, click on Agree to All to proceed with the WHM setup.

    cpanel6

  3. In the next screen, type in your email address as well as the nameservers that will be used for the server and then click on finish. You may use any workable nameservers on this setting.

    All websites that will be created through WHM will be assigned with these nameservers in the server.

    cpanel7

  4. The typical home page of WHM will be as below:

    cpanel8

    cPanel interface would be as below:

    cpanel9


Activate cPanel license

cPanel is a licensed control panel and requires to be activated for making use of all its features. cPanel default installation comes with 15 day trial license, after which it needs to be activated with a valid license.

LayerStack currently do not offer cPanel license at this moment, this would need to be purchased directly from the vendor.


  1. Contact cPanel official and purchase the license for the server IP address.

  2. The validity of the purchased license can be verified the license status using the URL (https://verify.cpanel.net).

  3. Once license has been verified, login to SSH of the server and execute the below command to apply the license to the server.

    # /usr/local/cpanel/cpkeyclt
    


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