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2/25/2015 – Ensure You Have the Latest Version of cPanel & WHM

Posted by Jamison on 25 02 2015.

The importance of running the latest cPanel and WHM version is that it ensures that your website and database runs smoothly. You can get random errors and suddenly your website goes down and you cannot access your email or any of the services.


Having the latest version ensures that you are also protected from online threats. It’s not enough that you have an antivirus software or a Firewall—cPanel and WHM are regularly updated and fixed to withstand the latest online threats and hacking trends that emerge.


So how do you know if you’re using the latest cPAnel and WHM?


Checking the cPanel official web page and your build number is one of the surefire ways to know if you’re running the latest version. Regular email updates and allowed notifications can alert you when there’s a new update coming.


But it is possible for you to ensure that you’re always running the latest version of cPanel and WHM. Here’s how:


When you log in, the cPanel & WHM version displays in the upper right-hand corner of the interface. You can also determine the version with the /usr/local/cpanel/cpanel -V command.



To update cPanel & WHM, use WHM’s  Upgrade to Latest Version  interface (Home >> cPanel >> Upgrade to Latest Version). If you wish to update cPanel & WHM from the command line as the root user, run the /scripts/upcp –force command.


To configure your server to automatically update to the latest version every morning, navigate to WHM’s Update Preferences interface (Home >> Server Configuration >> Update Preferences) and select Automatic in the Daily Updates section.


You can also check the server status for WHM like so:


  1. Login to WHM.
  2. Click on the Server Status link in the left column, near the top.


The Service Status Screen shows the current status of most of the major services configured to run on the server.  Services that are running normally will be marked with a green dot.  Services that are running but not responding normally will be marked with a yellow dot.  Services that are not responding at all will be marked with a red dot.


Keep in mind that the results displayed for the Service Status screen are for the entire server.  So if your account is a Reseller Account and there is an issue causing one the services to not respond normally, the issue may be caused by one of the other accounts on the server that is not within your control.  Some services that you may see:


  • exim – handles sending and receiving emails.
  • pop – handles POP3 connections for checking email.
  • imap – handles IMAP connections, also for checking email.
  • httpd – handles webpage requests.
  • ftpd – handles uploading and downloading files.


Make sure you take the time to update or set up your automatic updates. Just make sure that your hardware can keep up with the newest updates.