Controlling cPanel With Web Host Manager (WHM)
By Tim Brown
Not every website owner is going to use Web Host Manager (WHM). Those that do need it, though, could not get by without it. WHM is an account management program which provides access to the back end of the cPanel control panel. Two types of people need this access: server administrators and Web hosting resellers. Whereas most website owners will use cPanel to control their sites, WHM users work behind cPanel. In essence, it controls the control panel. Users are able to create, manage, and delete multiple cPanel accounts. Having separate cPanel accounts provides administrators and resellers with flexibility and control to perform a myriad of hosting tasks.
It is incredibly demanding and time consuming to manage multiple sites through a single cPanel. Creating a separate cPanel for individual accounts gives the client access so they can take on some of those tasks. Server administrators, then, are able to use their time more efficiently and perform managerial duties such as running security checks, regulating bandwidth parameters, setting DNS functions, and restarting services for clients via the WHM Web-based portal. When a change is made though the Web hosting manager, cPanel reflects that change on the account. Once these changes are made, WHM also allows administrators to monitor activities and performance—like disk space storage and bandwidth quotas in order to prevent server-wide overloads. With WHM, server administrators can also perform installations and upgrades on their clients’ accounts such as Perl and Apache.
If you have a virtual private server (VPS) account or a dedicated server, chances are you have some free disk space that you could leverage to turn a profit. (A shared server simply would not afford the space nor the security.) In fact, reselling your extra hosting space is a thriving cottage industry with many Web hosting providers offering reselling hosting as a service. You can sell your services and act as a Web hosting manager of sorts. Just as with a server administrator, you will have control over domain and DNS zones, be able to create and change passwords, and have permission to verify server status and information.
When a customer makes a service request, WHM lets you monitor it through cPanel. You can even change your clients’ user and domain names as needed. Basically, as long as you don’t need access to your clients’ MySQL or MSSQL databases, you can pretty much make any changes they request. Or, you can give them access to their own cPanel and let them do it themselves. But, that might take away from your value as a hosting administrator, so you might want to keep that control to yourself.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what WHM does and how helpful it can be to a server administrator or a hosting reseller. If you have some extra disk space and bandwidth that is floating around on the cloud unused, you might want to consider putting it to use with the help of WHM.
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