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The Four Sections Every cPanel & WHM Service URL Contains

Posted by Allison on 25 01 2017.

As a cPanel & WHM user, you need to understand it as much as you can to get the most use out of these services.

 

One of the most important things you have to learn more about is that each of these two services have URLs containing four different sections. Below, you will find a brief description of each, and example, and additional security information about authentication.

 

First Section: The Protocol

 

The protocol basically is the section of your browser that communicates and connects with a remote server.

 

Almost all web-based services utilize protocols, including cPanel, WHM, and Webmail. For these three, you can use either the value http (unsecured) or https (secured). As you can see from the description, the primary difference between http and https is that the latter is also an http, but operates over an encrypted and secured connection.

 

To ensure that your website and webpages remain protected, use the protocol…

As a cPanel & WHM user, you need to understand it as much as you can to get the most use out of these services.

 

One of the most important things you have to learn more about is that each of these two services have URLs containing four different sections. Below, you will find a brief description of each, and example, and additional security information about authentication.

 

First Section: The Protocol

 

The protocol basically is the section of your browser that communicates and connects with a remote server.

 

Almost all web-based services utilize protocols, including cPanel, WHM, and Webmail. For these three, you can use either the value http (unsecured) or https (secured). As you can see from the description, the primary difference between http and https is that the latter is also an http, but operates over an encrypted and secured connection.

 

To ensure that your website and webpages remain protected, use the protocol https://. Type it in whenever you log in, access, or use the services offered by cPanel and WHM.

 

Second Section: The Address

 

The address section of every cPanel and WHM URL can comprise either of an Internet Protocol address (e.g. 192.168.0.1) or of a domain (also referred to commonly as domain name). Domains are the names of the websites themselves, for instance, yourbrandname.com).

 

This cPanel and WHEM URL section takes responsibility of specifying which remote server you want to access.

 

Every time you want to access services names of cPanel and WHM through the use of a domain name, make sure its DNS information spread across the domain name system (DNS).

 

Third Section: Port Number

 

Each time someone accesses a website, either through the unsecured protocol (http) or unsecured protocol (https), it implies a port number. However, with the aim of making cPanel & WHM services more secure, the developers have come up with their own port numbers you should use.

 

In other words, when you want to access any service offered by cPanel or WHM via an unencrypted or encrypted connection, you should use a specific port number. Keep in mind that the both types of protocols have different port numbers, so try to memorize them or make a list of the ones you have to use the most frequently.

 

Specifying a port number just requires you to put in a colon (:) followed by the port number, for example, 2083.

 

Fourth Section: The Security Token

 

Once you have logged in to your cPanel and WHM server, a security token automatically appendages to the URL for this session.

 

A major reason for the existence of security tokens is that they aid in preventing authorized use of websites through Cross-Site Request Forgery (XSRF).

 

Each security token consists of the string “cpsess” plus a 10-digit number. An example is cpsess1234567890.

 

Important Notes on cPanel & WHM Security

 

Although the developers of cPanel and WHM continue to strive hard to ensure that cPanel & WHM remains as safe and secure as possible against any potential attacks, knowing more about the above-discussed URL sections will help you further increase your safety and security.