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Your guide to cPanel's future plans and updates

We’re constantly upgrading and improving our products, and because these changes might affect you and your customers, we’re sharing our timeline and future plans so you can prepare for new features

Here you will find:

  • Information you need to know about crucial updates
  • Why they are happening, and what actions to need to take next
  • Documentation and support you need in one place
  • Roadmap of upcoming initiatives

Notable Upcoming Changes

cPanel Pricing Update

Pricing Update

Our annual pricing update takes effect on January 1st, 2021. Full information is available at the link below.

CentOS Updates coming soon.

CentOS 8

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

PHP 8.0

PHP 8.0

We will be releasing PHP 8.0 as an experimental EasyApache package. This will allow customers to get a head start on testing and upgrading their applications.

Exim Upgrade

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

Dovecot Upgrade

Dovecot Upgrade & SSL Factor

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

PowerDNS 4.3 Updates for cPanel

PowerDNS 4.3 Update

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

CentOS Updates coming soon.

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.

cPanel LTS Automatic Updates

cPanel API 1

We are unifying all cPanel-side API systems under UAPI which means cPanel API 1 is scheduled for removal in the future. This will not affect WHM API 1 at this time.

cPanel LTS Automatic Updates

cPanel FTP Disabled by Default

Beginning with cPanel & WHM Version 86, the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service will be disabled by default in all new installations.

Amazon® Linux® 1 Deprecation

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.

cPanel LTS Automatic Updates

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.

cPanel LTS Automatic Updates

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 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, currently at Version 86. When version 94 becomes available any servers running on Version 86 or older will automatically begin updating to the new version.

Deprecations

MariaDB 10.1

Remove and stop support for MariaDb 10.1 for new installs.

MySQL 5.6

Remove and stop support for MySQL 5.6 for new installs.

Upcoming cPanel Initiatives

The below initiatives are subject to change.

Product Appeal

Improved cPanel Onboarding and Experience for Users

Coming in 2021, cPanel & WHM debuts an improved user experience designed to teach new users the basics, while also inspiring them to create amazing things with their new hosting account.

User Level Transfers to Allow HomeDir & MySQL Streaming

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

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.

Expand Total Addressable Market

Multi-Server Profiles: Mail Node

Continuing development to optimize servers to perform specific tasks and solve performance concerns.

Extensions

New Developer and API Documentation Site

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

WordPress Toolkit

Build, manage, and grow your web presence with WordPress Toolkit on cPanel & WHM.

WHM Marketplace

A centralized Marketplace to purchase and install extensions you or your business require.

WordPress Toolkit

Build, manage, and grow your web presence with WordPress Toolkit on cPanel & WHM.

Developer Experience

cPanel & WHM’s API reference documentation will be redesigned to help developers locate the API they require more easily.

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Completed Notable Changes and Initiatives

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

2020

QUARTER 3

Product Appeal

Hyperscalers

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.

Expansion

ECDSA SSL/TLS Certificate Support

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