Sunday, September 30, 2007

Welcome to cPanel, version 11

Your cPanel control panel may not look any different, but we're running version 11 now! I plan on leaving everyone's control panel theme as is until Tuesday, to prepare everyone for the change. If you'd like to be converted to the new theme right away, I'd be more than happy to do that for you, just let me know you're ready and I'll flip the switch. The new features won't be visible to you until the interface theme is changed.

Remember, the correct URL to access your cPanel or webmail is: (or /webmail ) or http://server_IP:2082/ (if you use the IP, don't add the "/cpanel" after).

For those using IE7 as their browser, you may get an SSL certificate warning. It just means your browser doesn't recognize the certificate. Accept the certificate, import it into your browser (just a couple of clicks, and the browser walks you through it), and you're set. In the next couple of days I'll try to put together a step-by-step tutorial on this, and reasons why it happens on shared hosting servers.

Once you're panel is converted to the new theme you'll be seeing some VERY cool new features, the first of which is a "Getting Started" video, to explain a lot of the new features (and some old features that should have been explained all along). One of cPanel's shortcomings has always been they just expect new users to "know" where everything is and how to use it.

And within each theme package are different "styles", or sub-themes. You get to choose your own! In the past themes were all (users) or nothing, but now cPanel has included the ability for each user to change their own theme. From the "Getting Started" section, use the drop-down menu on the right ("Jump to section") and chose "Change cPanel style." From there you'll have a choice of 13 different styles! Click on any image and you'll get an almost full-scale preview. The icons are all the same, but this is still more variety than we've ever been offered, so I'm happy.

There's even a MOBILE version for those who need to manage their domain from a mobile device. The biggest surprise of all is that there is a slicker version of "bluelagoon", the style we've used for the past year. Everything I had read, bluelagoon was being deprecated (retired) and would be no longer available. The bluelagoon theme/style has always been a very popular one and apparently cPanel took that into account and included it with v11.

The original bluelagoon theme is still included with our themes, I'll have to check with cPanel and find out if it will stay or it's just there until we convert all the accounts over to the new x3 theme.

In the coming weeks I'll be installing much of the "new goodies" that are now available with version 11: Ruby on Rails, Postgres, the addition of PHP5 (running alongside our current PHP4), and later on Apache 2. But one thing at a time. First let's get used to the new look and feel, and all the new goodies already included with version 11.

As always, if you have any questions or experience any problems resulting from this change, please let me know. The billing and support center will be down for a brief time today (it's being upgraded as well), but I'll be on Live Chat (available from the Status blog page) as much as possible, through comments on the blog page, and available through email as always.

I hope you enjoy the new, fresh look of your new cPanels!