2018 Version Certification

Study Guide

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Thinking about embarking on our second annual cPanel University Version Certification program?

Here’s where you should begin. 

Below you’ll find a general summary of the changes and features involved with each of the four cPanel & WHM releases that may be covered on the Version Certification exam, available exclusively at the 2018 cPanel Conference in Houston, TX.

Keep in mind that this is a general list to give you a rough idea of what to expect. Not everything shown here will be on the exam, and there may be exam questions on topics that are not shown here. Supplement your study of this material with our official release notes and documentation for the best chance of success!

Version 68

68 included a number of major changes, such as file-level backup restorations, and a heavily improved AutoSSL system.

Version 70

With Version 70, we added support for upgrading to the much-anticipated MySQL 5.7, along with geo-location support for tracking logins via cPHulk.

Version 72

cPanel & WHM 72 brought with it the Git Version Control implementation, as well as the inclusion of an in-browser Terminal application accessible within WHM.

Version 74

With Version 74, we saw improved backup performance, as well as improvements to Domain Control Validation (DCV) systems, and an introduction of new components to the Git Version Control system.

Blockers

Blockers are requirements needed to update your system to use the specified cPanel & WHM version. Below are the blockers that were included in the four versions covered in this exam.

If LiteSpeed exists on your server, LiteSpeed required an update to version 5.2.1 build 2 or later before moving to to cPanel & WHM version 68. Otherwise, websites would not provide the entire certificate chain and browsers could display an SSL error. It was recommend to use the /usr/local/lsws/autoupdate/build file to verify  LiteSpeed version information.

Another requirement to upgrade to cPanel & WHM version 68 was to upgrade the ea-apache24-config-runtime package to version 1.0-113 or later.

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Major Features

These features or changes played a key role in their respective versions, and were highly requested and/or anticipated, earning them a spot in this category. They will also have a higher likelihood of containing related questions on the exam.

Restore individual files from an account backup whether you’re a WHM user or a cPanel user.

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With new notifications, user-level triggers in the SSL/TLS status interface, and updated internal logic, Read More

Version 70 brought support for MySQL 5.7 as the default Database application for all new cPanel & WHM installations. You can read some of the reasons behind this decision on the cPanel blog.

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This cPanel interface allows users to easily create and manage Git repositories on their cPanel hosting account. More details can be found via this introduction on our blog. Read More
Both root-level users and cPanel users can now use a cPanel-provided terminal in their browser. Read More
In Version 72, we improved and updated the File Restoration interface to include directory restoration. A video walkthrough can be found here on cPanelTV. Read More

Since Version 64, we have been improving the speed of the backup and restore system. In version 74, we continue these improvements, providing more speed and flexibility in cPanel backups.

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Improving on the new Git Version Control feature, as of Version 74 we now include the ability to automatically deploy changes merged into any branch of your cPanel-hosted git repositories.

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Both DNS-based DCV (Domain Control Validation) and Ancestor- (or primary-domain) DCV were added in Version 74. These two help to reduce hiccups with SSLs issued by AutoSSL and Market Place Providers.

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Security

Security changes are improvements and changes to the product that reduce your chances of being exploited by malicious users. Below are the security changes that were implemented in the four versions covered by this exam:
In version 68, we adjusted the default security settings to provide increased security and an easier path for PCI compliance. Read More
In version 68, we also introduced a new notification, which assisted server owners to identify potential spammers, sooner. Read More
In 68, we introduced HTTP/2 support for EasyApache 4 users, providing improved speed and security options. Read More
In 70, we provided users the ability to increase security further by blocking or white-listing logins by country, with a new cPHulk “Country Management” interface. Read More
In 70, we provided administrators with the ability to suspend or queue the outgoing mail from a single email account on the server. This feature expands on the options we added in version 54 allowing you to suspend individual email accounts. Read More
In Version 70 we added the ability to configure Spam Filter Thresholds per-email account. We also updated and improved the Spam Filtering interface in cPanel. Read More
In 72, we improved the Large Amount of Outbound Email feature that was introduced in Version 68, by making the threshold configurable. Read More
In 72, we aimed to help hosting providers reduce risks that usually accompany remote data storage by allowing them to enable ‘Strict SSH host key checking,’ preventing MITM attacks. Read More
As of 72, new installations of cPanel & WHM began limiting Anonymous and Root FTP logins by default. Read More

As of 74, server owners can now select the action that the server should automatically perform when it detects potential spammers.

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As of 74, Apache SpamAssassin Spam Box is enabled by default for new cPanel accounts, protecting users from common attack vectors. Read More

As of 74, unless disabled, passwords are now required for any newly generated SSH Keys for cPanel users, increasing security for all cPanel & WHM Servers.

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Interface Updates

Interface updates are changes within the cPanel & WHM interfaces that impact the way information is displayed to users, either visually or textually.

In 68, we made several updates to WHM’s  EasyApache 4  interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> EasyApache 4).

  • We updated the interface to allow you to upload a custom profile from a URL.
  • We updated the interface to allow you to search descriptions.

In 68, we renamed several privileges for usability. A full list can be found here.

cPanel interface icons have been updated to use newly created SVG icons.

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In cPanel & WHM version 70, we added a help link to each interface that allows you to access that interface’s documentation. To access the interface’s documentation, click the question mark ()  that appears under the  User Manager icon ()  in the sidebar.

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In cPanel & WHM version 70, we updated cPanel’s Email Accounts interface (cPanel >> Home >> Email >> Email Accounts).

  • The interface now displays functions such as Access Webmail and Manage Suspension more prominently.
  • This interface now contains a tabbed layout to separate main topics into their respective groups.
  • We improved load-times and stability.

In 70, we added a Go to cPanel button to the Create a New Account interface (WHM >> Home >> Account Functions >> Create a New Account) after you create a new cPanel account. If you click this button, the system will log you in to the user’s cPanel account with the root or reseller password.

We now hide the EasyApache 3 interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> EasyApache 3) on systems that run EasyApache 4. 

In cPanel & WHM version 72, we added a tabbed layout to cPanel’s Site Software interface (cPanel >> Home >> Software >> Site Software). Users who navigate to this interface will notice a more streamlined experience.

WHM’s  MultiPHP Manager  interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> MultiPHP Manager) now indicates whether the system’s process to convert all of WHM’s accounts to use PHP-FPM is in progress. 

We updated the look and feel of WHM’s Backup User Selection interface (WHM >> Home >> Backup >> Backup User Selection) with new toggles and a new Account Actions menu button.

As of cPanel & WHM version 74, the cPanel Home interface displays the account’s shared IP address or dedicated IP address in the sidebar. 

For more information, read our The cPanel Interface documentation.

In cPanel & WHM version 74, we improved how the interface displays alerts. In previous versions, the system presented many alerts inline within the interface. When this occurred, the alerts would move content in the interface. Now, the system floats the alerts at the top of most interfaces and does not alter the page’s layout.

We updated the Home section of WHM’s EasyApache 4 interface (WHM >> Home>> Software >> EasyApache 4) to display the Update EasyApache 4 button and only update EasyApache 4 packages. If updates exist, this link opens the Review section of the EasyApache 4 interface, populated with the packages that require updates. Otherwise, this button displays EasyApache 4 is up to date

In previous versions of cPanel & WHM, the interface displayed Run System Update, and opened WHM’s System Update interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> System Update) when clicked.