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What are the differences between cPanel and WHM?

Published on : July 11, 2018 by Evangela Marium

cPanel and WHM (Web Host Manager) are popular dashboards used for administrative control of servers and hosting accounts. Let's check how these are differentiated from each other.


cPanel is a web-based control panel, which enables one to manage their web account through a graphical and appealing interface instead of the old console. With cPanel, performing tasks has become easier and anyone without a professional experience can set their website. cPanel offers a variety of features including creating backups, adding emails address, creating aliases, managing database and much more. This automation tool is based on Linux and Support CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and CloudLinux.


cPanel provides capabilities to administrators, resellers and end users to control various aspects of their websites through a web browser. It also supports CLI and API for automation of standard system administration process.

cPanel is best suited for end users who need the ability to handle only one domain or multiple ones of their own. They will have the administrative access. The quotas and features available are specified and set from WHM. He can manage website files, check for malware, create a backup and restore the account, enable redirections, create subdomains, etc for his account. He can view his account billing information from cPanel. In other words, we can say that the client can manage the account within the limit specified by the system administrator.


Web host manager is a powerful account management program that allows administrative access to the backend for hosting providers. cPanel accounts are managed by WHM, from which restrictions can be set.

It can be frustrating to manage a large number of websites in single cPanel. So we add multiple cPanel accounts and manage the individual ones. WHM gives the ability to monitor bandwidth and disk space, which can be a key to keep the quickly growing site from being suspended or going down due to bandwidth overages. Upgrading is only done when the required cost is reduced. WHM enables creation, deletion, and suspension of cPanel accounts. It enables customization of hosting and control panel. Usually, a server has one WHM interface and multiple cPanel accounts for different clients.

With WHM, the reseller or the administrator can automate billing, configure manage or tweak server, change DNS options like adding zone, adding MX entry etc, create, delete or customize packages for clients, initiate, review or restore account transfers, install software to a server, install and manage SSL etc.


Key Points

cPanel is used by end users to manage their domain while WHM is used by administrators to set up accounts for clients and define limits for them. WHM is the backend interface for controlling the server and managing resources by the administrator.

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