cPanel is a leader in simplifying hosting environments with intuitive yet powerful dashboards. The cPanel/WHM 11.50 lives up to expectations by adding several new features and improvements to its lauded list of features and offerings.
Here are the 10 new features that you must absolutely know and leverage:
1. Support for CentOS7
Support for fresh installations of CentOS 7 (both 7.0 and 7.1) has been introduced in the latest release. This support introduces the powerful (and recently updated) features of the operating system. The latest upgrades of CentOS7 introduce support for two-factor authentication, a major IPA update, improved support for container, and addition of the OpenJDK8 for developers, and returning the Thunderbird.
Furthermore, you can install the cPanel & WHM with MariaDB instead of MySQL. Learn how with the Installation Guide.
2. Greylisting’s Spam Magic
Protect your server against spam with the new Greylisting feature that defers all emails sent by unknown and new triplets using the new cpgreylist daemon. WHM’s Greylisting feature is accessible through Home>Email>Greylisting, where you can:
· Configure Greylisting’s interface for each of your hosted domains. Accesible via Home>Mail>Configure Greylisting
· Add trusted hosts to a safe list
· Monitor activity through reports.
3. Calendars and Contacts
Two new protocols, the CardDAV and CalDAV allow Webmail and cPanel account users the ability to remotely create and share their calendar and contacts using third party applications. The protocols can be accessed through on two secure ports (2079 and 2080). The interface can be configured at:
· cPanel users: Home>Mail>Calendars and Contacts Client Configuration
· Webmail users: Home>Mail>Webmail
However, the CalDAV feature will not work with iOS Reminder apps if the server is using a self-signed SSL certificate.
4. A New cPanel User System IDs
The range for possible number of User IDs (UUDs) and Group IDs (GIDs) has been changed. Now servers running CentOS7 can create between 200 to 999 UIDs and GIDs. Other supported OS can create a maximum of 500.
5. Corrupt MySQL System Databases Notifications for Administrators
A new script that runs with nightly maintenance has been introduced for monitoring the MySQL system databases. All essential databases are regularly checked, and in case of a corrupt database, the server administrator will be sent an email — continuously at spaced time periods till the database is no longer corrupt.
6. A Simpler Way to Remove Plugin Files
The uninstall_plugin script (/usr/local/cpanel/scripts/uninstall_plugin) introduces a simpler way for removing all the files of a plugin. Further information is available at 11.5’s Uninstall Plugins documentation.
7. Quickly identify trigger visitors with Passive OS Fingerprinting
The GeoIP identifier has been improved and email notifications will offer additional information (including OS). Newer, customizable templates for notifications are available in the Template Toolkit. The additional information allows enhanced visitor segmentation as you can quickly identify visitors that trigger events.
8. Dedicated Horde SQLite Database
The Horde data that was previously stored on MySQL has been move to cPanel’s very own Horde SQLite database. This is valid for only the cPanel & WHM version 11.50. If you decide to migrate to an earlier version, the account’s Horde data will not be exported to the MySQL database for Horde. You will have to perform the migration manually. For any problems with Horde migration, read cPanel’s documentation on Horde Data Behavior
9. Increased Default Password Strength and PostgreSQL Account Suspension
With the 11.50, the strength for the default password has been raised to 40, whereas the PostgreSQL accounts that were previously not been suspended during the suspension process has been corrected.
10. cPHulk stores Login History for an Year
The cphulkd.known_netblock MySQL table store netblock information and username for all successful login. A useful notification for users/admins accessing the server via dynamically assigned IP addresses.