All accounts offered by InMotion Hosting include cPanel access. cPanel is your website's control panel, and allows you to do tasks such as edit files, create email addresses, and setup databases. The cPanel accounts themselves are managed by Web Host Manager, commonly referred to as WHM. WHM access is not available in Shared Hosting, however if you have VPS Hosting or a Dedicated Server through InMotion Hosting, you have WHM access. If you missed our previous article, please see the What is VPS Hosting? tutorial.

Using WHM to Resell Web Hosting

Having WHM access allows you to, in essence, resell your own hosting accounts. You can create cPanel accounts within WHM, and just like InMotion Hosting, you can apply certain restrictions per account. For example, you can set one cPanel account to have a max of 5 addon domains, while another cPanel account can have a max of 10 addon domains.

Using WHM to Give More Control to your Clients

Some Web Designers have one share hosting account, and host several of their clients on that single account. The problem however is that when your clients need emails addresses created or passwords reset, this falls on you. You cannot give your client your cPanel login credentials, as this will give them access to your other clients as well, and that is simply not a viable action. If you have VPS Hosting or a Dedicated Server, you can create individual cPanel accounts for your clients. This will give them their own cpanel login so they may have access to create new email addresses and many other tools available in cPanel. In the long run, this can save you quite a bit of time if your clients learn how to make changes without contacting you first!

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VPS Reselling

Resellers looking to sell hosting on a VPS, check out our affordable VPS plans. Please check the next article on Standard SSH Access vs. Root SSH Access. For more information on this course please visit An Introduction to Web Hosting.

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2013-04-17 4:00 am
I'm trying to find my way to the Host Access Control in WHM and can't seem to find it. I need to block an IP address completely at the server level so that the IP address is blocked to access any of the websites hosted on my VPS account. Can anyone point me in the right direction, where can I find Host Access Control? Appreciate your help. Thanks.
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2013-04-17 10:40 am
Hello andyks,

Thank you for your question. You must be logged into WHM as 'root' to use the Host Access Control option.

Here is a link to our FAQ on Root Access.

You can also Restrict access with .htaccess and the IP Deny Manager.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

-John-Paul

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