SEO & Cpanel
We found that by design, Cpanel created several URLs for the same page when a webmaster created an addon domain. An addon domain is a secondary domain after creating the primary domain.
Example: primary domain: your1stdomain.com (when you subscribe to the web hosting company), addon domain: 2nddomain.com, addon domain:
On Cpanel, 2nddomain.
In WHM there are many ways to access the same page. If Googlebot discovers it, it will be seen as duplicate content. Canonical tags should prevent Googlebot to pick the wrong URL, however, it is just hypothetical that everything would go fine. After years of
Apache configuration in WHM
It is possible to create a customized apache customization thanks to a Cpanel feature called EasyApache. With EasyApache, you can install the PHP extensions, the Ruby extensions, several PHP versions on the same server. It is possible to choose between all PHP handlers like
Security in WHM
One of our Cpanel accounts has been hacked on a shared web hosting server and the web hosting company has been unable to do anything against it. Read the full story here. For sure, it would not have happened on a VPS or on a dedicated server since the Cpanel installation does not count any other customer accounts.
However, there are also good features. Thanks to CPhulk you can block bots trying to hack your Cpanel services using brute force attack. After trying to log in several times, an IP address can get blocked for a certain amount of time.
WHM has no firewall but it is possible to install APF and CSF plugins. Anyways a basic firewall is useless on a web hosting management panel because a web hosting business requires advanced rules like rate limiting.
Free SSL certificate
Cpanel provides free SSL certificate thanks to a feature called
Portability of data from WHM
Cpanel has an advanced account import tool. It is easy to move accounts from a web hosting company to another using a backup or by providing the credentials to the former web server in the new web hosting account. Cpanel is popular among web hosting companies, it easy to find a new web hosting company and move your data to this new web hosting account running Cpanel.
Backup in WHM
It is possible to set up a local backup and/or a remote backup using RSYNC, FTP, SFTP, Google Drive, Amazon S3
Many features are really useful like the forwarders which forward email to another email address. This has a catchall to catch any emails to a particular domain.
It is really easy to create a subdomain and make it point to the folder where you already have a wordpress installation.
The Softaculous plugin
Softaculous is a one-click installation plugin to install website scripts like WordPress, phpBB, Drupal, Joomla and many other scripts. Softaculous is well integrated into Cpanel. The Softaculous plugin is accessible to every customer and reseller on a server. An icon allows installing WordPress right from the Cpanel account.
WHM is a good web host manager, even if it counts some weak points related to SEO and security. However, Cpanel WHM is part of our three favorite web hosting managers (Plesk, WHM,