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If you have not already installed cPanel & WHM on your server, use our Installation Guide to complete the installation process.

The WHM interface provides the server's root user and resellers with access to all of WHM's server administration features.

The WHM interface consists of the following sections:

  1. Top navigation bar
  2. Support menu
  3. Side navigation menu
  4. Important Next Steps
  5. Features

Top navigation bar

WHM's top navigation bar remains visible as you navigate throughout the WHM interface.

  • Click News to view important news and announcements from cPanel, Inc.
  • Click Change Log to view the cPanel & WHM change logs.
  • Click Log Out to log out of your WHM account.
  • Click the version number to navigate to WHM's Upgrade to Latest Version interface (WHM >> Home >> cPanel >> Upgrade to Latest Version).
  • Click Load Averages to navigate to WHM's Process Manager  interface (WHM >> Home >> System Health >> Process Manager). The numbers that follow this link represent the server's one-minute, five-minute, and 15-minute load averages, respectively.

You may also see important server notices in this section of the interface. For example, if the most recent attempt to upgrade cPanel & WHM failed, you may see a The last attempt to update cPanel & WHM was blocked. warning, which you can click to review a list of upgrade blockers.

Support menu

Click the lifesaver icon () in the top right of the interface to view the Support menu. 

  • Click cPanel & WHM FAQ to access our cPanel Knowledge Base documentation.
  • Click Support Forums to access the cPanel Forums.
  • Click Documentation to access the main page of our WebHost Manager documentation (from WHM's Home interface) or the documentation for the current interface (from other WHM interfaces).
  • Click Contact cPanel to submit a ticket to cPanel Technical Support.

Side navigation menu

The side navigation menu in WHM provides access to all of WHM's interfaces, and allows you to quickly search for specific features. For more information about WHM's features and interfaces, read our WHM Features List documentation.

We hide this menu by default. To show or hide this menu, click the expand () or collapse () icons, respectively. You can also click View All Features at the bottom of the interface to expand this menu.

If the side navigation menu is collapsed, the Explore WHM section appears at the bottom of the interface.

  • To search for a feature, enter one or more keywords in the text box and click the search icon ().
  • To quickly navigate to a WHM interface, use the menu of available features:
    • To expand or collapse all menu sections with one action, click the expand icon () or collapse icon () at the top of the menu, immediately below the search text box.
    • To expand or collapse a single menu section, click the arrow icon () for that section.
    • To access a WHM section, click that section's name in the menu.
    • To access a WHM interface, click that interface's name in the menu.

Important Next Steps

The first time that you log in to WHM, the interface displays an Important Next Steps section with quick access to important actions for new servers.

  • To hide this section of the interface, click Dismiss.
  • To restore this section of the interface after you hide it, run the following command as the root user:

    sed -i '/home:hide_important_next_steps/d' /var/cpanel/whm/nvdata/root.yaml


The WHM Home interface provides quick access to the most helpful features to manage cPanel & WHM servers and accounts.


  • Click View All Features or use the side navigation menu to access cPanel & WHM's other features.
  • By default, we hide Feature Showcase items on new installations until new items are available for the next server update. For more information and steps to view these items, read our Feature Showcase documentation.

Trial license banner

Servers that use a trial license display a banner above the WHM Home interface's icons. This banner displays the server's trial license status, and you can click Purchase a License to buy a full cPanel, Inc. license. For more information, read our How to Purchase a cPanel License documentation.

Legal agreements and initial setup


If you have questions about your license agreement, contact cPanel Customer Service.

When you log in to WHM for the first time on a new cPanel & WHM server, the system prompts you to accept our End User License Agreement (EULA). This agreement provides the terms under which you use cPanel, Inc.'s software. Read the EULA carefully. 

  • You must accept this agreement in order to use cPanel & WHM.
    • If you click Cancel and Exit, a confirmation message will appear. 
    • If you click OK for this message, the system will automatically log you out of WHM. The EULA will appear again the next time that you log in to WHM.
  • To remove acceptance of the EULA on an existing server, delete the appropriate touchfile in the /var/cpanel/activate/ directory. To continue to use cPanel & WHM, you must accept the EULA again the next time that you log in.

After you accept the EULA, the system will optionally allow you to specify a contact email address and two nameservers. To view this interface on an existing server, delete the /etc/.whostmgrft touchfile.

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