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6/18/2015 – Maintenance Reminders for cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 18 06 2015.

There is no doubt that cPanel is one of the most common, popular, and useful hosting automation services in the market today. Since it was launched to the public, it has made the life of web hosting services and the clients that they serve a lot easier. However, this does not necessarily mean that users no longer have the need to maintain their cPanel interface. There are several maintenance steps that should actually be done by users in order to get the most out of the control panel.


These steps are only basic, but they will already go a long way to maintaining the hosting automation system. WHM, which is cPanel’s system administrator, will also make it easier for users to complete these tasks that will result in the system running efficiently and problem-free.


  1. Get rid of old and unused user accounts.


There are some cases wherein cPanel administrators have put other users on suspension, users who no longer access the interface. In such cases, it is highly recommended that these accounts are permanently removed. The same goes true for websites that are no longer being utilized. These have the potential of becoming security risks in the future, so it is a good idea to take care of them as early as now.


This can be done by accessing the directory: Home >> Server Status.


  1. Check if all backups are in good, working condition.


Careful and cautious system administrators are those who have created backups for their servers. For those who have done this, good job. However, it is just as important that these backups are also tested. It pays to have their functionality checked now than later, as they may prove to be a problem in the future, in the event that they are not working properly.


Checking if backups are optimally working can be done by navigating to the directory: Home >> Backup.


  1. Determine which services are being used and disable those that are not.


There are some types of system services that can or will only be used for a period of time. After this, they tend to end up just consuming storage. In fact, they can also result in unnecessary CPU usage that can be causing computer lags and problems. This can be resolved quickly by just taking advantage of the Service Manager feature in WHM.


Through this, system services, also known as daemons, can be enabled or disabled. Services that are no longer being used can be disabled to prevent problems. In addition, services that are most often in use can also be monitored and tracked via the Service Status screen. To access the Service Manager feature, navigate to this directory: Home >> Service Configuration >> Service Manager.


  1. Run server status checks.


There are quite a number of tools incorporated in the WHM system that can help cPanel users manage the overall health and performance of their servers. These include the following:


  • website-maintenance-250x220Apache Status. Provides details about the web server used by the system.
  • Daily Process Log. Provides details about the CPU usage and memory consumption on a day to day basis.
  • Server Information. Most details found here are about the configurations and settings of the server hardware.
  • Service Status. Provides the names of services being monitored through the Service Manager.


These tools can be found in this directory: Home >> Server Status.