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Where Is x4?

A few months ago, we were pleased to release the latest evolution of the cPanel User Interface: Paper Lantern. Among all of the excitement and outreach surrounding Paper Lantern during the last few months, one theme kept recurring, one question kept being asked: Where is x4?

The x4 project is no more. If you have the x4 plugin installed, we encourage you to uninstall it. It will receive no further updates. Information about x4 will eventually be removed from our site.

The goals that we want to achieve, such as a fresh, modern interface and mobile responsiveness, will be realized by Paper Lantern. In addition, Paper Lantern has a new goal: It must be 100% usable in every release of cPanel & WHM. Since its introduction in cPanel & WHM version 11.42, Paper Lantern has met these goals and more. You can follow its development in the following ways:

We appreciate the feedback that we received from people regarding x4. Much of that same feedback went into our backlog and provides guidance for Paper Lantern.

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UI Technology Preview: MySQL Feature Using Modern Tools and Technology

The cPanel User Interface team has been hard at work these past six months. One of the projects we have been working on, in the shadows of the publicly released features, is an exploration of new technology for cPanel’s User Interface. The next stage in this exploration was to find a replacement for YUI2 and our in-house developed CJT (cPanel JavaScript Tools) library.

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Configuration Clusters in cPanel & WHM version 11.44

cPanel & WHM version 11.44 will introduce a new feature to help you manage configurations for multiple servers quickly and easily.

New Configuration Cluster interface in cPanel & WHM version 11.44

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cPanel is Headed to WHD.global

Next week, cPanel team members from Development, Marketing, Documentation, and Technical Support, along with account managers and executives, will descend upon Rust, Germany to exhibit at WHD.global. This is WorldHostingDays’ main event, as well as the largest hosting event in the world, boasting more than 4,800 attendees in 2013.

As we prepare for our second year at WHD.global, we’re excited to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones along the way. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth F14. If you have any trouble finding it, then just follow the sound of wooden blocks crashing against each other. Those of you who visited our booth last year will know what I mean!

cPanel's giant Jenga game brought huge crowds and a lot of excitement to the booth at WHD.global 2013.

cPanel’s giant Jenga game brought huge crowds and a lot of excitement to the booth at WHD.global 2013.

Even if you don’t end up as Jenga champion, we still want you to stop by and hang out with us!

Don’t live in Europe? Can’t make it to this event? You can still be a part of the action. Just follow the hashtag #cPanelWHD on Instagram and Twitter.

WHD.global is the first of many international events that we will be exhibiting at this year. In the next few weeks, we will announce even more cities and countries where you can expect to find cPanel during 2014.

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i2Coalition Roundup

You might think that going to Washington, D.C. and speaking with government officials about the Internet would be boring, but, let me assure you, that is not that case. Last week, representatives from the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) showed up in force for Internet Education Day to discuss topics that impact our businesses and to discuss key issues with senators, legislators, and staff members.


Image credit: i2Coalition (http://www.i2coalition.com/)

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Ruby is Still Shining!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the discussion about the Ruby and Passenger updates. As 2014 rolls on, we’re always adjusting and reconsidering our options. Ruby and Passenger continue to be a very appealing project and one that will stay on our to-do list. With that in mind, our research has led us to a new implementation idea for Ruby and Passenger. This new theory would deliver Ruby and Passenger in a fast and efficient manner, but will affect the delivery date that we were originally targeting.

As with all software projects this information is subject to change. Please stay tuned to the cPanel Blog as well as the EasyApache Forums for continuing updates concerning our current projects and work!

To learn more about our implementation of Ruby and Passenger, please read our original Ruby and Passenger blog post from August 2013.

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Brand New cPanel Documentation Site!

The cPanel Documentation Team and I are proud to announce the release of the new cPanel Documentation site. This system features a better search engine (it actually works!) and a more modern, streamlined look and feel.

Debuting with cPanel & WHM version 11.42, the new site features documentation for all supported versions of cPanel & WHM software. You’ll also find a new feature in our documentation: the cPanel Knowledge Base. In this section, you can access documents and how-to articles written by technical analysts, technical writers, and developers that cover a wide variety of topics, including in-depth information about cPanel & WHM software, such as understanding DNS and overall system administration.

If you have feedback to share or run into any issues, please email me at docmgr@cpanel.net. The transition from our old system to our new system is a work in progress and we’d love to hear what you think.

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Blockers for New Installations of cPanel & WHM

With the latest version of our installer, new installations of cPanel & WHM software will be subject to the following blockers:

  • The target version must be cPanel & WHM version 11.40 or higher.
  • For CentOS, CloudLinux, or RHEL operating systems, the installation must be version 6 or higher.

If either of these statements are not true, the installation will fail. These blockers are meant to encourage system administrators to use the most up-to-date software, which will prevent future issues.

To allow additional time for anyone whose servers do not yet meet these requirements, you can perform the following actions:*

  • Install cPanel & WHM version 11.38 as the target version.
  • For CentOS, CloudLinux, or RHEL operating systems, install on version 5.

*When running the installer, you must use the --force command line option. For example, sh latest --force or sh latest-dnsonly --force.
These blockers will not affect existing installations of cPanel & WHM. However, we strongly encourage system administrators to always upgrade their servers’ software to the newest version as soon as possible.

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Meet Paper Lantern

Paper LanternWith heavy development and the incorporation of ongoing, open discussion, Paper Lantern is the next look and feel for cPanel.

What this means for you

Initially, our emphasis has been on immediate changes that provide a large amount of benefit. For a product with an incredible amount of depth and complexity, one of the first things we decided to do was adopt Twitter Bootstrap 3 as our standard UI kit and solid base for future work. With Twitter Bootstrap, one of the most common UI kits utilized by web professionals today, we hope that web developers and designers will be able to crack open the code and easily create beautiful, new themes.

Next, we began identifying and reusing elements across more of the user interface to increase consistency throughout the project. Consistency helps users to quickly become familiar with using their cPanel account. Once a user learns one feature with a consistent layout, the next feature becomes that much simpler to navigate.

After we establish a sound foundation to build on, even more dramatic changes will take place that will separate Paper Lantern from it’s X3 roots. We have many, many more ideas in mind for Paper Lantern—11.42 is only the beginning.

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Update to Recent Database Prefixing Post

First, we would like to thank everyone who has provided us with feedback on our recent blog post about database name length restrictions and database prefixing.

In response to the conversations that we have had, both online and offline, we have developed a new set of minimum delivery requirements for database users and names in cPanel & WHM version 11.44.

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