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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.42

(Home >> Server Configuration >> Basic cPanel & WHM Setup

Overview

This feature allows you to configure basic options for cPanel & WHM. You can specify contact information, nameservers, and more.

The interface contains a number of text boxes, some of which are optional and some of which, marked by an asterisk (*), are required. These text boxes allow you to configure WHM and your cPanel accounts to suit your needs. The interface also contains tabs that you can use to isolate certain configuration options. To select a tab, click the tab that corresponds to the information you wish to view at the top of the screen.

You may select: 

  • All — This tab will display all of the configuration options that are available to you in the Basic cPanel & WHM Setup feature.
  • Contact Information — This tab displays the Contact Information section of the interface.
  • Basic Config — This tab displays the Basic Config section of the interface.

Remember:

Be certain to format your entries properly, and follow the descriptions in the WHM interface.

Contact Information

  • Enter one or more email addresses to contact in case a problem arises with this server: Specify an email address to serve as your point of contact for any problems with the server. Additionally, this email address will be used to create the RNAME text box in the Start of Authority (SOA) record in the DNS record zone.

    Note

    If you do not enter an email address, the following notifications will be sent to the root user:

    • Installer notifications.
    • upcp notifications.
    • New and terminated account notifications.
    • Errors from the check_panel_rpms function.
    • Failed service notifications. (For example, IMAP, HTTPD, etc.)
  • Enter one or more cellular phone or pager email addresses: Specify a cell phone or pager email address that can receive notifications in case any problems arise with your web server.
  • The AIM username that this server should use: Specify the username that the server will use to log in to its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account in order to send you messages if a problem should arise with your web server.
  • The AIM username password: Specify the password for your server’s AIM account. This password is case-sensitive.
  • AIM names (comma delimited) to notify in case a problem arises with this server: Specify the AIM account names that your server should notify in the event of a problem.
  • The ICQ ID that this server should use for login to ICQ when sending alerts: Specify an ICQ number that your server can use to send notifications.
  • The ICQ ID password for sending alerts: Specify the password that corresponds to the ICQ number that you listed in the previous text box.
  • Enter one or more ICQ user identification numbers (comma delimited) you can be reached at in case a problem arises with this server: Specify one or more ICQ numbers at which you wish to receive notifications about any problems that may arise on your server.

Basic Config

  • The IP address (only one address) that will be used for setting up shared IP virtual hosts: Specify a single IP address that will function as the server's shared IP address. All of the websites that you create on your server that do not require a dedicated IP address may use this IP address. If you change this IP address, it will not affect accounts that already exist. To change the IP address for accounts that already exist, read the Change Site's IP Address or Change Multiple Sites' IP Addresses documentation.
  • The ethernet device onto which new IP addresses are added: Specify an Ethernet device on which to add new IP addresses that are associated with your server. To make your selection, you may make a selection from the menu or specify a device in the text text box.
  • Enter the location where you wish for new users' home directories to be created: Specify a location on your server's file system that will contain all of your cPanel users' home directories. We recommend that you use home somewhere in the directory path since, by default, all directories that match the home directory prefix are checked for available disk space. If you use more than one directory to store cPanel accounts, the directory with the most free space will automatically store new accounts.
  • Additional home directories matching the following value will also be used for new home directory creations: Specify an additional directory that you wish to use to store your cPanel users' home directories. This configuration option only accepts one value.
  • Select the cPanel default theme: Select the default theme for your cPanel interface from the menu. This menu will display the cPanel themes that are available on your server.

Notes:

  1. The theme that you select will be the default theme for any of the following actions:
    • Create a new account in the Create a New Account interface.
    • Create a new package in the Add a Package interface.
    • Restore an account in the Restore Backups and Restore Multiple Backups interfaces.
    • Transfer an account in any part of the Transfers interface.
  2. The system will use the default theme in any of the following instances:
    • When an account does not have a theme in its account configuration.
    • When an account has a theme that is not installed on the server.
  3. If you do not select a default theme for cPanel, cPanel & WHM will use the system default theme. Currently, the system default theme is x3.

 

  • Select the Webmail default theme: Select the default theme for the Webmail interface from this menu. This menu will display the Webmail themes available on your server.

Notes:

  1. The system will use the default theme in any of the following instances:
    • When an account does not have a theme in its account configuration.
    • When an account has a theme that is not installed on the server.
  2. If you do not select a default theme for cPanel, cPanel & WHM will use the system default theme. Currently, the system default theme is  x3 .
  • The minimum user ID value used when creating new accounts: Specify the minimum user ID (UID) value that can be used when you create a new account. 

Warning:

Do not use any value that is below 500.

  • This value defines the caching time for host name lookups for domains hosted on this server: Specify a time to live (TTL) in seconds for DNS records. Shorter TTL values can cause heavier loads on the nameserver, but can be useful for zones that contain records that change frequently. The range of values in seconds (as defined by RFC 2181) is 0 to 2147483647.
  • This value is similar to the Domain Time To Live setting, but is specifically the value used for newly created zone file's authoritative nameserver entries: This item allows you to specify a time to live (TTL) in seconds for a newly created zone file's authoritative nameserver entries.
  • Enter the style in which you wish to receive your Apache logs: Select the style in which you wish to view Apache log files. You may select either of the following options:
    • combined — Select this option to cause Apache log files to contain all of the information that is associated with a request. This includes referers, user agents, and requested files.
    • common — Select this option to cause Apache log files to only contain information about requested files.

Nameservers

This section of the interface allows you to specify nameservers that are associated with your server. To use this feature, enter the nameservers that you wish to use as your primary, secondary, tertiary, etc. nameservers in the appropriate text boxes and click Save Changes.

This section of the interface also allows you to assign an IP address to the nameservers that you have specified, and to add A entries for the nameservers.

Assign an IP Address

To assign an IP address:

  • Click the Assign IP address button that corresponds to the appropriate nameserver.

Note:

IP addresses are automatically assigned to your nameservers. The IP address that your nameserver will use is pulled from the existing IP address pool. If you do not have any IP addresses that are available, your nameserver will not receive an IP address.

Add an A Entry

A entries, in this case, allow your nameserver to be resolved into an IP address. A entries are required in order for your nameservers to work properly.

To add an A entry for a nameserver, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Add an A entry for this nameserver.
  2. Confirm that the IP address is correct in the resulting window.
  3. Click Add Entry and wait for the confirmation screen.