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. Current View
  6. Features

Top navigation bar

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

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. 

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.

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.


The WHM Home interface provides quick access to the features that manage cPanel & WHM servers and accounts. By default, the interface only displays a selection of the most helpful features in WHM. To view all of WHM's sections and features in the Home interface, set the Current View toggle to Legacy.

  • You can also click View All Features or use the side navigation menu to access cPanel & WHM's other features. When you click View All Features, the side navigation menu will automatically expand.
  • 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. 

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.

Additional documentation