In a nutshell, a WHM (Web Host Manager) account is a modified cPanel account that gives users administrative access to cPanel’s back-end. WHM access is typically reserved for people who work on servers, and for resellers of cPanel. cPanel is typically used by end-users and has a more limited set of options available within it. Let’s take a closer look at the difference.
There are three levels of access in your control panel:
Full WHM: This type of access grants full administrative control of a server.
Reseller WHM: This type of access offers some level of server control, but does not grant full access.
cPanel: This type of access is usually pitched at client level and the rights are determined by the administrator (who would have full WHM or Reseller WHM rights).
Getting To Grips With Web Host Manager (WHM)
The WHM interface allows you to customize the experience for any end-users you may be reselling to, so they can see your brand when they’re logged in.
Through WHM you can give your clients cPanel access so they can administer their websites, email accounts and manage their account security with minimal input from the administrator.
WHM is best suited for people running their own servers (both VPS and dedicated servers) and for resellers of hosting products. Through the Web Host Manager a reseller can configure their server, set security parameters for the server, manage reseller accounts, perform back-ups, manage their MySQL usage and software, monitor system health and much more.
WHM access can be modified for resellers, with the system administrator allocating and activating the different resources that are available on reseller packages.
Understanding cPanel Features And Rights
The System Administrator or reseller will determine the features and resources that are available to end-clients through cPanel. Typically cPanel users have a more limited range of options compared to WHM access but enough to be able to self-administer what they are comfortable with.
In cPanel an end-user can manage files and disk space, manage databases and domains. He or she can also configure their email boxes by adding and removing accounts, manage auto responders and create email forwarding filters. In addition to the security parameters set in the WHM, the cPanel user can tweak his or her security preferences to create a more secure environment. The cPanel user can also activate various types of open source software that make running an online business seamless.
If you’re ready to take advantage of a feature-rich and browser-based control panel, get in touch with us and let’s chat about your options.