cPanel Deprecation Plan


Overview

To improve our ability to support our customers and provide the best possible experience, we sometimes remove features from cPanel & WHM. When possible, we attempt to provide advance notice of any deprecations or removals. Check this document often for updates.

We use the following terminology to describe features that we plan to remove from cPanel & WHM:

  • Deprecated — We no longer recommend the feature and, in most cases, plan to remove it from cPanel & WHM soon.

    • Because we ceased active development on the feature, we are unlikely to provide future bug fixes.

    • Update any customizations on your server that use or depend on the feature as soon as possible.

  • Removed — We have removed the feature from the cPanel & WHM codebase.

    • We will not fix bugs.

    • In most cases, you cannot use the feature.

    • Any customizations on your server that continue to use or depend on the feature will experience problems.

Planned deprecations and removals

We currently plan to deprecate or remove the following features in future cPanel & WHM versions:

Feature Recommended action Deprecation Removal
Edit DNS Zone Use WHM’s DNS Zone Manager interface (WHM >> Home >> DNS Functions >> DNS Zone Manager). cPanel & WHM version 86 cPanel & WHM version 90 or later
Reset a DNS Zone Use WHM’s DNS Zone Manager interface (WHM >> Home >> DNS Functions >> DNS Zone Manager). cPanel & WHM version 86 cPanel & WHM version 90 or later
Amazon® Linux 1 Use the cPanel & WHM AWS Marketplace listing for installations on the Amazon hyperscaler. cPanel & WHM version 86 cPanel & WHM version 88
MyDNS and NSD nameservers Select PowerDNS or BIND in WHM’s Nameserver Selection interface (WHM >> Home >> Service Configuration >> Nameserver Selection). cPanel & WHM version 78 cPanel & WHM version 88
CentOS 6 and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Use a newer version of a supported operating system. cPanel & WHM version 72 cPanel & WHM version 88
cPanel & WHM’s Mongrel Ruby code base Use cPanel’s Application Manager interface (cPanel >> Home >> Software >> Application Manager) to manage Phusion Passenger™ Ruby applications. cPanel & WHM version 64 TBD

Deprecated and removed features

We have completed the deprecation or removal of the following features in recent cPanel & WHM versions:

Feature Recommended action Deprecation Removal
Legacy Backups Use WHM’s Backup Configuration interface (WHM >> Home >> Backup >> Backup Configuration).
Note:
New installations of cPanel & WHM version 64 and newer do not include the Legacy Backups system.
cPanel & WHM version 64 cPanel & WHM version 80
MySQL® 5.5 Update your local MySQL servers and your remote MySQL servers to use one of the following:
  • MySQL 5.6 or later.
  • MariaDB®.
Note:
In the first quarter of 2020, we will be automatically upgrading MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.7 on customer servers that run cPanel & WHM version 78. For more information, read our Automatic MySQL Upgrade Information Center documentation.
cPanel & WHM version 11.52 cPanel & WHM version 80
EasyApache 3 Use EasyApache 4. cPanel & WHM version 76 cPanel & WHM version 78
SquirrelMail Use Horde or Roundcube for Webmail. For more information, read our Which Webmail Application Should I Choose documentation.
Note:
By default, new installations of cPanel & WHM version 76 and later do not include SquirrelMail.
cPanel & WHM version 76 cPanel & WHM version 78
XML output in APIs Use the JSON output format to call WHM API and cPanel API functions. cPanel & WHM version 68 cPanel & WHM version 74
The cPanel-provided hardened-kernel update for the Linux® kernel Use the KernelCare “Extra” Patchset from CloudLinux™. cPanel & WHM version 68 cPanel & WHM version 72
TLS version 1.0 Use TLS version 1.2 to connect to cPanel & WHM via SSL/TLS. cPanel & WHM version 68 cPanel & WHM version 72
cPAddon Moderation Do not use the Moderation section of WHM’s Manage cPAddons Site Software interface (WHM >> Home >> cPanel >> Manage cPAddons Site Software).
Note:
Any cPAddons that currently use this feature will continue to function. However, if you disabled moderation, you cannot reactivate it.
cPanel & WHM version 66 N/A
WHM’s Remote Access Hash interface Use WHM’s Manage API Tokens interface (WHM >> Home >> Development >> Manage API Tokens).
Note:
This interface and its use will not change on existing servers. On new installations of cPanel & WHM version 72 and later, we disable the Allow deprecated WHM accesshash authentication setting in the Security section of WHM's Tweak Settings interface (WHM >> Home >> Server Configuration >> Tweak Settings), in order to prevent new use.
cPanel & WHM version 64 N/A
cPAddons - WordPress (Legacy) Use cPAddons’ RPM-based WordPress® installation package. Servers that run cPanel & WHM version 64 or newer automatically install this package.
Note:
  • WHM's Install cPAddons Site Software interface (WHM >> Home >> cPanel >> Install cPAddons Site Software) displays the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon as WordPress.
  • To convert your legacy WordPress cPAddon installations to the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon, use the /scripts/migrate_legacy_wordpress_to_modern_wordpress script.
cPanel & WHM version 64 cPanel & WHM version 70
cPanel’s Simple Zone Editor interface Use cPanel’s Zone Editor interface (cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Zone Editor). cPanel & WHM version 62 cPanel & WHM version 70
cPanel’s Advanced Zone Editor interface Use cPanel’s Zone Editor interface (cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Zone Editor). cPanel & WHM version 62 cPanel & WHM version 70
Internal Perl 5.24 Update all third-party applications to ensure that they are compatible with Perl 5.26 and later. N/A cPanel & WHM version 70
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Use any other available contact method. N/A cPanel & WHM version 70
MySQL 5.1 and earlier Update your servers to use MySQL 5.5 or greater or MariaDB®. cPanel & WHM version 60 cPanel & WHM version 62
cPanel’s CGI Center interface Remove any CGI applications from your active cPanel accounts. cPanel & WHM version 60 cPanel & WHM version 64
Earlier versions of ImageMagick
  • Update scripts that use ImageMagick to use GD.
  • Update scripts that use ImageMagick to use the version of ImageMagick that ships with your operating system.
cPanel & WHM version 58 cPanel & WHM version 62
Internal Perl 5.18 Update all third-party applications to ensure their compatibility with Perl 5.22 and later. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
cPanel’s x3 theme Update all of your servers’ cPanel accounts to use the new default cPanel theme.
Warning:
If you customize the cPanel interface, or if you develop custom cPanel plugins, update them to use the new theme. For more information, read our Guide to cPanel Plugins documentation.
cPanel & WHM version 11.52 cPanel & WHM version 60
CentOS 5, CloudLinux™ 5, and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5 Upgrade your servers to a newer version of your operating system. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
32-bit architectures for all supported operating systems. Upgrade your servers to use a 64-bit architecture. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
bandmin Do not use the bandmin application. N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
Ability to customize cPanel & WHM ports Use the default secure ports for WHM (2087) and cPanel (2083). N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
Earlier versions of suEXEC modules Update your servers to use EasyApache 4. N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
stunnel Because cPanel & WHM includes NativeSSL support, no action is necessary. cPanel & WHM version 11.32 cPanel & WHM version 58
The LANG localization system Update custom translations of the cPanel or WHM interfaces and custom plugins to use the locale.maketextsystem. cPanel & WHM version 11.26 cPanel & WHM version 82

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