cPanel Deprecation Plan

Overview

To improve our ability to support our customers and provide the best possible experience, we sometimes remove features from cPanel & WHM. When possible, we attempt to provide advance notice of any deprecations or removals. Check this document often for updates.

We use the following terminology to describe features that we plan to remove from cPanel & WHM:

  • Deprecated — We no longer recommend the feature, and plan to remove it from cPanel & WHM soon.
    • Because we ceased active development on the feature, we are unlikely to provide future bug fixes. 
    • Update any customizations on your server that use or depend on the feature as soon as possible.
  • Removed — We have removed the feature from the cPanel & WHM codebase. 
    • We will not fix bugs.
    • In most cases, you cannot use the feature.
    • Any customizations on your server that continue to use or depend on the feature will experience problems.

Planned deprecations and removals

We currently plan to deprecate or remove the following features in future cPanel & WHM versions:

Feature
Recommended action
Deprecation
Removal
cPAddons - WordPress (Legacy)

cPanel & WHM servers now automatically create new installations with cPAddon's RPM-based WordPress® installation package that we added in cPanel & WHM version 64.

Notes:

  • WHM's Install cPAddons Site Software interface (WHM >> Home >> Install cPAddons Site Software) displays the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon as WordPress.
  • To read more about our improvements to cPanel & WHM's Wordpress® deployment, read our WordPress Update blog post.
  • To convert your legacy WordPress cPAddon installations to the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon, use the /scripts/migrate_legacy_wordpress_to_modern_wordpress script.
 cPanel & WHM version 64  cPanel & WHM version 74
Internal Perl 5.24 Update all third-party applications to ensure that they are compatible with Perl 5.26 and later. cPanel & WHM version 70 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
The cPanel-provided hardened-kernel update for the Linux® kernel Use the KernelCare "Extra" Patchset from CloudLinux™. cPanel & WHM version 68 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
TLS version 1.0 Use TLS version 1.2 to connect to cPanel & WHM via SSL/TLS. cPanel & WHM version 68 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
XML output in APIs Use the JSON output format to call WHM API and cPanel API functions. cPanel & WHM version 66 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
WHM's Remote Access Hashinterface Use WHM's cPanel Deprecation Plan interface (WHM >> Home >> Development >> Manage API Tokens). cPanel & WHM version 64 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
cPanel's Simple Zone Editorinterface Use cPanel's cPanel Deprecation Plan interface (cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Zone Editor).   cPanel & WHM version 62 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
cPanel's Advanced Zone Editorinterface Use cPanel's cPanel Deprecation Plan interface (cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Zone Editor).   cPanel & WHM version 62 cPanel & WHM version 72 (proposed)
cPAddon Moderation

Do not use the Moderation feature in WHM's Manage cPAddons Site Software interface ( WHM >> Home >> cPanel >> Manage cPAddons Site Software ).

Note:

Any cPAddons that currently use moderation will continue to function. However, if you disabled moderation, you cannot reactivate it. 

cPanel & WHM version 66 N/A
cPanel & WHM's Mongrel Ruby code base. Use cPanel's cPanel Deprecation Plan interface (cPanel >> Home >> Software >> Application Manager) to manage Phusion Passenger™ Ruby applications. cPanel & WHM version 66 cPanel & WHM version 70 (proposed)

Deprecated and removed features

We completed the deprecation and removal of the following features in recent cPanel & WHM versions:

Feature
Recommended action
Deprecation
Removal
Feature
Recommended action
Deprecation
Removal
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Use any other available contact method. N/A cPanel & WHM version 70
MySQL® 5.1 and earlier Update your servers to use MySQL 5.5 or greater or MariaDB®. cPanel & WHM version 60

cPanel & WHM version 62

cPanel's CGI Center interface Remove any CGI applications from your active cPanel accounts. cPanel & WHM version 60 cPanel & WHM version 64
Earlier versions of ImageMagick
  • Update scripts that use ImageMagick to use GD.
  • Update scripts that use ImageMagick to use the version of ImageMagick that ships with your operating system.
cPanel & WHM version 58 cPanel & WHM version 62
Internal Perl 5.18 Update all third-party applications to ensure their compatibilty with Perl 5.22 and later. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
cPanel's x3 theme

Update all of your servers' cPanel accounts to use the new default cPanel theme.

Warning:

If you customize the cPanel interface, or if you develop custom cPanel plugins, update them to use the new theme. For more information, read our cPanel Deprecation Plan documentation.

cPanel & WHM version 11.52 cPanel & WHM version 60
CentOS 5, CloudLinux™ 5, and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5 Upgrade your servers to newer version of your operating system. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
32-bit architectures for all supported operating systems. Upgrade your servers to use a 64-bit architecture. cPanel & WHM version 56 cPanel & WHM version 58
bandmin Do not use the bandmin application. N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
Ability to customize cPanel & WHM ports Use the default secure ports for WHM (2087) and cPanel (2083). N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
Earlier versions of suEXEC modules Update your servers to use EasyApache 4. N/A cPanel & WHM version 58
stunnel Because cPanel & WHM includes NativeSSL support, no action is necessary. cPanel & WHM version 11.32 cPanel & WHM version 58
The LANG localization system Update custom translations of the cPanel or WHM interfaces and custom plugins to use the locale.maketext system. cPanel & WHM version 11.26 N/A
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