Your guide to cPanel’s updates and future plans

As we continue to upgrade, innovate, and improve our products, we want to ensure that you remain informed of any changes that may affect you or your customers. On this page you will find:

  • Information you need to know about any crucial updates
  • Reasoning and next steps related to these updates
  • Documentation and support you may need
  • Our roadmap of upcoming initiatives

Notable Upcoming Changes

cPanel LTS Automatic Updates

LTS Tier Automatic Updates

cPanel & WHM installations currently using outdated and unsupported versions of our software will be updated to the latest version of our LTS (Long Term Support) Tier. When a new version is promoted to LTS, any servers running on the previous LTS or older will automatically begin updating to the new version.

AlmaLinux OS

Following the EOL announcements by the CentOS Project, we will roll out support for AlmaLinux as well as accelerate support for cPanel on Ubuntu LTS.

Ubuntu LTS

In Version 98, we will be launching the ability to install cPanel & WHM on Ubuntu LTS 20.04. This will be an unsupported preview release that will allow customers to get a glimpse of how our product will work on this new operating system offering.

In version 100, we will be launching full production support for cPanel & WHM running on Ubuntu LTS 20.04.


MySQL 5.6

We will be removing and stopping support for MySQL 5.6 for new installs.


WordPress Manager

We are retiring WordPress Manager in favor of a more feature-rich tool, WordPress Toolkit.


cPanel API 1

We have begun removing cPanel API 1 and will completely remove in the near future.

Upcoming cPanel Initiatives

These initiatives are subject to change. If you have any questions or feedback, let us know.

Product Appeal

Improved cPanel Onboarding and Experience for Users

Coming in 2021, cPanel & WHM debuts an improved user experience designed to guide new users through the basics and equip experienced users with quick access to our powerful features.

Child to Child Mail Node Transfers

Following the launching of Mail Nodes for Production Environments, we will be improving this area to allow accounts to move directly from one child node to another child node. This update will remove an intermediate stop at the parent node, facilitating more streamlined transfers that maximize uptime.

Hostname Retention for AutoSSL

To better support hostname updates, we are improving the AutoSSL system. The hostname certificates will now retain the previous hostnames on the certificate to ensure that they still resolve with TLS verification, where applicable.

Groupware Appeal

ActiveSync Support

Synchronize your email, calendar, and contacts data across Android™ and Windows® devices.

Streamlined Contact Management

New email and calendar contact management functionality. Improved contact editing, as well as the ability
 to auto-learn email addresses and incorporate global address lists.

Enhanced Importing of Google and Office365 Contacts into Roundcube

Import your Google and Office365 contacts into Roundcube.

Software Updates

MariaDB 10.5

MariaDB 10.5

We are working on support for MariaDB 10.5 which will include many new features and improvements.

Dovecot Upgrade

Dovecot Upgrade & SSL Factor

Provide customers with the latest Dovecot offering as well as all related security updates.

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Completed Notable Changes and Initiatives

Full details of our latest release can be viewed on our release site.




ModSecurity Rules Distribution

We've moved to a more reliable system for distributing OWASP mod_security rulesets. To ensure that you get timely updates to your rules, please see the following documentation.

Product Appeal

Linked Mail Nodes for Production Environments

Mail functionality can now be offloaded from your primary cPanel & WHM server to a separate server that only serves mail. This allows for hardware optimization and helps prevent websites and email hosting from impacting each other's performance.

Product Appeal

User Level Live Transfers

We’ve expanded the home directory and MySQL streaming support to transfers that utilize non-root credentials.

Product Appeal

NGINX Caching

We added an additional functionality to the existing NGINX feature that improves website performance while decreasing the server's resource requirements.


New Developer and API Documentation Site

cPanel & WHM’s API reference documentation has been redesigned to help developers locate any API that they may require more easily.



Software Updates

PowerDNS 4.3 Update

Incorporated PowerDNS 4.3 into cPanel to provide customers with the latest PDNS offering and security updates.

Software Updates

PHP 8.0

We released PHP 8.0 as an experimental EasyApache package. This allows customers to get a head start on testing and upgrading their applications.

Software Updates

Exim 4.94 Upgrade

Customers are now provided with the latest Exim offering as well as all related security updates.

Software Updates

CentOS 8

With the release of Version 92, cPanel & WHM offered an experimental version supporting CentOS 8


MariaDB 10.1

We have removed and stopped support for MariaDB 10.1 for new installs.


User Level Transfers to Allow HomeDir & MySQL Streaming

We expanded home directory and MySQL streaming support to transfers that utilize non-root credentials.


WordPress Toolkit

We added WordPress Toolkit to help users build, manage, and grow their web presence with WordPress on cPanel & WHM.


cPanel API 1

We have begun removing cPanel API 1 and will completely remove in the near future.


EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 Automatic Conversion

Some servers are blocked from upgrading to a supported version of cPanel & WHM because they are running EasyApache 3. These servers will be automatically converted to EasyApache 4 so they can then upgrade to the Long Term Support (LTS) tier or newer version of cPanel & WHM.


cPanel FTP Disabled by Default

cPanel & WHM Version 86, the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service has been disabled by default in all new installations.


Product Appeal


Easily launch a cPanel & WHM instance from the Microsoft Azure and AWS Lightsail Cloud Platforms.

Product Appeal

Reinvented MultiPHP Manager

Manage your domains’ PHP version with a new, simplified admin user interface.

Software Updates

ECDSA SSL/TLS Certificate Support

Improving SSL/TLS functionality by providing and supporting ECDSA key algorithm generation in addition to the current RSA algorithm.



MySQL® 5.5 Automatic Update

Some customers using Version 78 of cPanel & WHM are blocked from upgrading to newer versions because they have MySQL 5.5 installed. We will attempt to automatically upgrade these servers to MySQL 5.7.


Amazon® Linux® 1 Deprecation

AWS Systems utilizing the Amazon Linux 1 Operating System will not be able to upgrade to cPanel & WHM Version 88. Amazon has set the end of life for its Amazon Linux 1 operating system on December 31, 2020. cPanel does not support end-of-life operating systems, nor does cPanel & WHM support installations on Amazon Linux 2. Systems utilizing Amazon Linux 1 are required to migrate their servers to a new AWS instance utilizing the Amazon Marketplace version of cPanel & WHM.



CentOS 6 Blocking Version 88 Upgrade

Customers using CentOS 6 as their operating system will be blocked from upgrading to cPanel & WHM Version 88. CentOS 6 is ending upstream support in November 2020 and cPanel does not support end-of-life operating systems. We recommend migrating to a system utilizing CentOS 7 or purchasing CloudLinux 6 as a solution.