Webmin is a web-based system administration interface that removes the need to edit raw server files in SSH. Like cPanel, Webmin features includes various system administration options natively and with installable modules:
- File, database, and user management
- Language and theme customization
- Firewall and other security options
- Scheduled Backup configuration
- Resource monitoring
- DNS Settings
- Read email
- And more
Unlike cPanel, Webmin is free. Here’s a preview of Webmin day and night mode views:
You can install Webmin on a managed VPS (with cPanel). You may not want to do this long-term if you plan to discontinue cPanel usage. This would create more possible security vulnerabilities and you’d still be paying for cPanel/WHM. If you have any questions regarding this, contact our Live Support.
There are three major parts to getting started with Webmin:
- Log into SSH as root
- Visit https://www.webmin.com/download.html for the latest package URL
- Install the RPM:
wget https://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin-1.941-1.noarch.rpm(as of January 2020)
- Install required dependencies:
yum -y install perl perl-Net-SSLeay openssl perl-IO-Tty perl-Encode-Detect
- Upgrade the package to its latest version:
rpm -U webmin-1.941-1.noarch.rpm
Open Port 10000
Managed VPS Firewall
cPanel users may have to open port 10000 in your ConfigServer & Firewall (CSF) TCP_IN section or Advanced Policy Firewall (APF).
Cloud Server Firewall
- While in SSH, add port 10000 to your firewall:
firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=10000/tcp --permanent
- Restart firewalld (should take <1 minute unless you have a lot of firewall rules):
firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-ports
After you finish installing Webmin, log into https://hostname:10000 or https://ServerIP:10000 with your root user credentials.
Cloud Server users may need to reset the Webmin password so it doesn’t match your server password:
/usr/libexec/webmin/changepass.pl /etc/webmin root New$tr0ngP@sSw0rd
Fix Self-signed SSL Certificate Error
You’ll need to address the self-signed SSL issue.
- cPanel server users can request a new free SSL depending on your AutoSSL settings in WebHost Manager (WHM)
- Cloud Server users will need to install a Let’s Encrypt SSL, purchase an SSL certificate or disable the Enable SSL? setting
If you need help at any time, let our Managed Hosting team help you with Launch Assist.