How to manage cPanel Plugins in WHM

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How to manage cPanel Plugins in WHM

There are several Plugins available for cPanel that you might want to try out. Some of them are outdated or superseded by functionality in newer versions of cPanel.

1) Go to the cPanel section in the menu.

2) Click Manage Plugins.

3) Scroll through and see if there’s anything here that interests you.

4) When you find something you’d like to install, click the checkbox next to Install and Keep Updated.

5) When finished, click Save.

Both of the cPanel Plugins we chose have been installed. They should now be active in cPanel.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage cPanel Plugins in WHM.

How to modify cPanel/WHM News

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How to modify cPanel/WHM News

It is important that you stay in touch with your customers, especially in cases where they may experience service outages. One way to keep them posted is to use the cPanel/WHM News system.

1) Go to the cPanel section in the menu.

2) Then Modify cPanel/ WHM News.

There are four boxes here that allow you to type up news to be used in cPanel & WHM. The text you enter will not be formatted in any way, so you need to use HTML to do that; you must use <br /> in order to put line breaks in your text.

The first textarea is for Global cPanel News. This will be displayed in all cPanel accounts, including your resellers’ customers.

4) Enter some text to display.

Next is Global WHM News. All resellers on this system will see what you enter here when they access WHM.

5) Scroll down.

Resold Customer News will be displayed only to your resellers’ customers.

cPanel News will be displayed to all your customers only, not resellers’ customers.

6) Click Save News when finished here.

That’s it! Your news has been saved.

This completes the tutorial. You now know how to modify the news displayed by cPanel/WHM.

How to run security scans in WHM

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How to run security scans in WHM

WHM allows you to run two security-related ausweb that may be of use to you.

1) Go to Security.

2) Start with Quick Security Scan.

This tool will check for and disable any unnecessary services that may have been installed by your operating system. If they aren’t being used, there’s no point in keeping them running.

3) Click Proceed to begin the scan.

Any [FAILED] results from the scan indicate that the service wasn’t running, so there was nothing to shut down.

4) Next, let’s Scan for Trojan Horses.

A Trojan Horse is a type of malicious software that may appear harmless but actually can allow a hacker to gain access your system.

This function will check for system files that have recently been modified by something other than cPanel or the operating system.

Generally, this tool only finds false positives and not trojan horses. There are better alternatives, but none that come with WHM. Still, you might want to look into any files that this scan points out, to ensure that they have not been compromised.

5) Proceed with the scan.

As you can see, the scan detected 16 possible trojans — that doesn’t mean that they definitely are trojans. In fact, it’s more likely that they aren’t.

This tutorial is now complete. You now know how to run security scans in WHM.

How to use the background process killer in WHM

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How to use the background process killer in WHM

With the Background Process Killer, you can tell WHM to search every day for processes your users should have no reason to run in a standard web hosting environment.

If a process is found, the scanner will automatically kill the process and send you an e-mail telling you who was running it.

1) Locate the System Health category.

2) Click Background Process Killer.

WHM recommends that you check all of the programs in this list. Most of these relate to IRC, or Internet Relay Chat. IRC brings with it the stigma of causing lots of Denial of Service attacks, so most hosts explicitly disallow their users to run IRC servers on their networks.

This scanner will find these processes even if the user tries to hide them by renaming them.

3) We’ll do as they suggest and check off all the programs.

4) Using this textarea, you may enter a list of users that you want the process killer to ignore, one per line.

5) Press Save to finish.

Your selection has been saved. All the processes you chose will be killed every night, if detected.

Also, any users you entered have been marked as trusted.

This completes the tutorial. You now know how to use the Background Process Killer in WHM.

How to reboot your server using WHM

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How to reboot your server using WHM

There are two tools you can use to reboot your server from within WHM.

They have their own category, called System Reboot.

1) Let’s go to Graceful Server Reboot first.

This tool is the preferred way to reboot your system. You should use this method whenever possible; it allows the server to close any processes your users may be running before restarting, storing data as it does so. This reboot method should not result in data loss.

2) To reboot, simply press Proceed.

3) Next, Forceful Server Reboot.

A Forceful Reboot will shut down the computer regardless of what’s running. It can cause data loss. You should avoid using this method whenever possible; only use it in the event the Graceful Reboot function is not working.

This method is generally preferrable to physically rebooting the server with the power switch, however.

This completes the tutorial. You now know both ways to reboot your server in WHM.