Did you recently upgrade from a 2GBHosting shared hosting plan to a 2GBHosting VPS or dedicated hosting package? When this happens some clients get confused by Web Hosting Manager (WHM) because they are used to only using cPanel. In order to cut down on the confusion, here are the differences between cPanel and WHM.
cPanel and WHM: Defined
A cPanel is a web based hosting control panel that is provided with all of the 2GBHosting Linux based servers and accounts, including shared, VPS and dedicated hosting packages. We offer the latest and newest cPanel Pro that makes building, managing and updating your website easy. So easy in fact that a beginner can use it. You can manage everything about your site, including: disk space, databases, FTP functionality, web directories, error pages, backups, shopping cart, files, applications, mailing lists, crontab tasks, spam filters, configure new domains, create sub domains, set up parked domains, add new email addresses, check emails, make changes and customize your web hosting account.
A WHM (Web Host Manager) is a web application that is used in conjunction with cPanel and is provided with all 2GBHosting Linux VPS and dedicated hosting packages. WHM is utilized by resellers and administrators to manage and maintain clients' web hosting accounts on a web server. Using WHM you can create individual cPanel accounts, manage hosting features, perform basic control panel and system maintenance. If you are a reseller of services, whether you are a designer or a web hosting reseller, you can utilize WHM to manage all of your clients accounts. All you do is create their individual cPanel account, which gives them access to their own emails and tools. And when your clients have their own cPanel account, this will save you the hassle of having to change minor things in their account, like changing or resetting passwords, as your clients will not need to contact you. And just like 2GBHosting, you can allocate your clients' resources and adjust at your discretion. For example, one account can have 3 maximum add on domains and another cPanel account can have 5 maximum add on domains.
cPanel vs WHM
· cPanel can help you manage a particular domain, like your own website. On the other hand, WHM is a cPanel account management panel that allows you to handle your clients cPanel accounts.
· cPanel is offered on all 2GBHosting Linux based hosting accounts, including shared, VPS and dedicated hosting accounts. However, WHM is offered only with 2GBHosting dedicated and VPS hosting plans.
· cPanel only provides user level access to manage your web hosting account on a server. Whereas, WHM provides root level access to your server. Linux has a rigorous permissions system, enabling a separation of root user and standard user roles. On VPS and dedicated servers, root access is the administrative user that has access to all things regarding the server. For example, root access allows you to install and configure server wide applications, and edit any files on your server. Whereas, standard level users have restricted access.
· cPanel and WHM use a different port. A port is a number that is part of a URL, appearing after the colon right after the domain name. Each port serves as a different door to a server and each must be opened on a firewall for information to get in and out. If you want to access cPanel or WHM over an encrypted or unencrypted connection, you need to enter in the specific port number.
◦ To access your cPanel, enter one of the following ports used by 2GBHosting:
▪ https://YOURDOMAINNAME.com:2083 --this allows you to access your cPanel over a encrypted connection (SSL) with your domain name.
▪ http://YOURDOMAINNAME.com:2082 --this allows you to access your cPanel over an unencrypted connection (no SSL) with your domain name.
◦ To access your WHM, enter one of the following ports used by 2GBHosting:
▪ https://YOURDOMAINNAME.com:2087 --this allows you to access your cPanel over a encrypted connection (SSL) with your domain name.
▪ http://YOURDOMAINNAME.com:2086 --this allows you to access your cPanel over an unencrypted connection (no SSL) with your domain name.
Now, hopefully you know what the differences are between cPanel and WHM. If you are still unsure, then please feel free to contact our knowledgeable technical experts with any questions.