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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.46

(Home >> Server Configuration >> Basic cPanel & WHM Setup

Overview

This feature allows you to configure basic options for cPanel & WHM (for example, contact information, or nameservers).

Notes:

  • Items that begin with an asterisk (*) in the interface are required
  • Select the Contact Information or Basic Config tabs to view only those sections of options. The interface displays the All tab, with all of the options, by default.

Contact Information

This section allows you to configure the following options:

OptionDescriptionExample
Enter one or more email addresses to contact in case a problem arises with this server

Specify an email address to serve as your point of contact in case of problems with your web server. The system also uses this address to create the RNAME field in the Start of Authority (SOA) record in the DNS record zone .

Note

If you do not enter an email address, cPanel & WHM will send the following notifications to the root user:

  • Installer notifications.
  • upcp notifications.
  • New and terminated account notifications.
  • Errors from the check_panel_rpms function.
  • Failed service notifications. (For example, IMAP, HTTPD, etc.)
user@example.com
Enter one or more cellular phone or pager email addressesSpecify a cell phone or pager email address that can receive notifications in case of problems with your web server.8005551212@provider.com
The AIM username that this server should useSpecify the username that the server will use to log in to its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account in order to send you messages in case of problems with your web server.username
The AIM username passwordSpecify the password for your server’s AIM account. This password is case-sensitive.password
AIM names (comma delimited) to notify in case a problem arises with this serverSpecify the AIM account names that your server should notify in case of problems with your web server.user1, user2, user3
The ICQ ID that this server should use for login to ICQ when sending alertsSpecify an ICQ number that your server can use to send notifications in case of problems with your web server.1234567
The ICQ ID password for sending alertsSpecify the password for your server's ICQ number.password
Enter one or more ICQ user identification numbers (comma delimited) you can be reached at in case a problem arises with this serverSpecify one or more ICQ numbers at which you wish to receive notifications about any problems that may arise on your server.1234568, 11223344, 1020304

Basic Config

This section allows you to configure the following options:

OptionDescriptionExample
The IP address (only one address) that will be used for setting up shared IP virtual hosts

Specify a single IP address to function as the server's shared IP address. All of the accounts on your server that do not require a dedicated IP address may use this IP address.

Note:

If you change this IP address, the change will not affect existing accounts. To change the IP address for existing accounts, use WHM's Change a Site's IP Address interface (Home >> IP Functions >> Change a Site's IP Address). 


10.11.133.14
The ethernet device onto which new IP addresses are addedSpecify an Ethernet device on which to add new IP addresses for your server.eth0
Enter the location where you wish for new users' home directories to be created

Specify a location in your server's file system to contain all of your cPanel users' home directories.

Note:

We recommend that you use home  in the name of the directory. By default, cPanel & WHM checks all directories that match the home directory prefix for available disk space.  

/home
Additional home directories matching the following value will also be used for new home directory creations

Specify an additional directory that you wish to use to store your cPanel users' home directories. If you use more than one directory to store cPanel accounts, the directory with the most free space will automatically store new accounts.

 This option only accepts one value.

home2
Select the cPanel default theme

Select the default theme for the cPanel interface. The menu will display all of the cPanel themes that are available on your server.

Notes:

  • The theme that you select will be the default theme whenever you create an account, create a package, restore an account, or transfer an account.
  • The system will use the default theme whenever an account does not have a theme in its account configuration, and whenever an account has a theme that is not installed on the server.
  • If you do not select a default cPanel theme, cPanel & WHM will use the system default theme. Currently, the system default theme is x3.
 
Select the Webmail default theme

Select the default theme for the Webmail interface from this menu. This menu will display the Webmail themes available on your server.

Notes:

  • The system will use the default theme whenever an account does not have a theme in its account configuration, and whenever an account has a theme that is not installed on the server.
  • If you do not select a default Webmail theme, cPanel & WHM will use the system default theme. Currently, the system default theme is x3mail.
 
The minimum user ID value used when creating new accounts

Specify the minimum user ID (UID) value to use when you create a new account. 

Warning:

Do not use any value that is below 500.

500
Automatically create a cgi-bin script aliasSpecify whether the Apache web server software will automatically alias scripts in the httpd.conf file. For more information, read the Apache web server documentation about the ScriptAlias directive. 
This value defines the caching time for host name lookups for domains hosted on this serverSpecify a Time To Live (TTL) in seconds for DNS records. Shorter TTL values can cause heavier loads on the nameserver, but can be useful for zones that contain records that change frequently. The range of values in seconds (as defined by RFC 2181) is 0 to 2147483647.14400
This value is similar to the Domain Time To Live setting, but is specifically the value used for newly created zone file's authoritative nameserver entriesSpecify a Time To Live (TTL) in seconds for a newly created zone file's authoritative nameserver entries.86400
Enter the style in which you wish to receive your Apache logs

Select the style in which you wish to view Apache log files. You may select either of the following options:

  • combined — Select this option to cause Apache log files to contain all of a request's information. This includes referers, user agents, and requested files.
  • common — Select this option to cause Apache log files to only contain information about requested files.
 

 

Nameservers

This section of the interface allows you to specify nameservers for your server. Enter the nameservers that you wish to use as your primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary nameservers in the appropriate text boxes.

Assign an IP Address

To assign an IP address, click Assign IP address  for the appropriate nameserver.

Note:

The system automatically assigns IP addresses to your nameservers. The system pulls the IP address that your nameserver uses from the existing IP address pool. If you do not have any IP addresses that are available, your nameserver will not receive an IP address.

Add an A Entry

A entries allow your nameserver to be resolved into an IP address. A entries are required in order for your nameservers to work properly.

To add an A entry for a nameserver, click Add an A entry for this nameserver, confirm that the IP address is correct in the window that appears, and click Add Entry.