When setting up a new CentOS 7 server, you may find yourself looking for control panel software that will allow you to manage your websites and web applications in a graphical user interface. One of the most popular web hosting control panel solutions is cPanel/WHM. This software gives you a comprehensive control panel interface that allows you to manage and customize many different aspects of your server in a user-friendly environment. In this article, we will outline how to prepare your CentOS 7 server and install cPanel/WHM using the command-line interface. Before performing the steps in this guide, please ensure that you have set up root SSH access on your server.
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Prepare for Installation
Before you can install cPanel/WHM on CentOS, you will first need to disable your server’s firewall, the Network Manager, and SELinux.
1. First, stop the service using the following command:
systemctl stop firewalld.service
2. Then, disable the server using the following command:
systemctl disable firewalld.service
3. After disabling the firewall, you will need to stop the Network Manager service using the following command:
systemctl stop NetworkManager
4. Once the service is stopped, you can disable Network Manager using the following command:
systemctl disable NetworkManager
5. Next, you will need to disable SELinux by editing the following file with the nano command:
With the file editor open, you can disable SELinux by changing the line that reads
6. Next, you will need to install the programming language perl using the following command:
yum install perl -y
Once perl is installed, you can then proceed with the next steps to install cPanel/WHM on your server.
1. Next, change directory into the /home/ folder with the following command:
2. Next, download the latest release of cPanel/WHM using the following curl command:
curl -o latest -L https://securedownloads.cpanel.net/latest
3. Once the file has downloaded, you can run the installation script with the following command:
After the process finishes, cPanel/WHM should now be installed on your system.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed WHM/cPanel on CentOS 7!