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March 2017 Development Update
Ladies and Gentlemen, the rumors of my death have been wildly exaggerated. However, while I’ve been quiet the folks in the Development Department here at cPanel hasn’t slowed down one bit, and there’s a lot to talk about. Since our last update in October we have released two major versions of our software, and 3 mobile apps. Version 62 has made it all the way to the STABLE tier, version 64 is headed to …
Ladies and Gentlemen, the rumors of my death have been wildly exaggerated. However, while I’ve been quiet the folks in the Development Department here at cPanel hasn’t slowed down one bit, and there’s a lot to talk about. Since our last update in October we have released two major versions of our software, and 3 mobile apps. Version 62 has made it all the way to the STABLE tier, version 64 is headed to CURRENT as soon as next week. Let’s catch up!
Celebrating 20 Years!
We announced on Tuesday that we’re celebrating 20 years of cPanel & WHM this year, and we’re inviting you to pick up your very own 20th Anniversary Swag! Thanks to TeeSpring’s great prices, we can sell these items to you cheap, at just above cost. I’m personally looking forward to my mug and hoodie showing up.
EasyApache 4 Progress
EasyApache 3’s End of Life date has been extended again to allow more time for webhosts that have yet to migrate, but it’s still time to upgrade. Make sure to let us know what we can do to make it easier for you to upgrade to EasyApache 4!
Versions 62 and 64
Version 62 comes with a ton of UI and backend speed improvements, work in AutoSSL and the Market Provider, and the UI and backend changes for the LTS changes that begin with version 62. There was also a ton of ground work laid for the features coming in version 64. Take a look at the full list of changes in the 62 release notes.
The backup system got a little attention in version 64, including Incremental Backups with Multiple Retention Points, more options in backup retentions when there are failures, and a one-step migration assistant that allows you to move from the legacy backup system to the current system. iOS push notifications, AutoSSL’s Proxy Subdomain inclusion, and two new styles in cPanel are just the beginning of the many changes in version 64. You can see the full list of new features in the release notes for version 64.
We’ve released three new and updated mobile apps in the last few months! WebDisk is one of cPanel’s best kept secrets, and the Official cPanel WebDisk apps for iOS and Android take it to the next level. The app allows you to upload, manipulate, and download files directly on your mobile devices. The official cPanel App for iOS allows you to manage multiple logins, store your login credentials security, and reduces the complexity of logging in on multiple devices.
All of these apps are 100% free, and can be used with any supported version of cPanel & WHM. Download & install them, and let us know what you think!
2017 cPanel Conference!
Deadline for talk submissions is March 31st
With this being our 20 year celebration, we want this conference to be something incredibly special. This year’s planning team has renewed its focus on integration and development, we are excited to put together the best conference yet! We have opened the call for talk submissions to everyone in the industry, and have already started accepting some! In addition to the free ticket and speaker swag bag, speakers will also get a coupon for 50% off one additional ticket.
From September 25th through September 27th we will be learning, building and sharing In Ft Lauderdale Florida. We want to make this conference what you want it to be.
We’re also deprecating a few older, or unused things in the cPanel & WHM. Let’s go over those.
TLS < 1.2 In Version 68 new installs of cPanel & WHM will be configured to only offer TLS 1.2 support, though upgrades from previous versions of cPanel & WHM will not be effected. The older, obsolete, and insecure TLS 1.0 can still be enabled manually by system administrators. This means that any older browsers will not work. You can see a list of browsers and their support of TLS version 1.2 at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/clients.html. Any automation systems that connect via TLS/SSL will need tested and updated to work with TLS 1.2. Of note: while you will still be able to enable the older TLS protocol, with version 68 and later we will not support it or accept bug reports specific to TLS 1.0 and older.
XML-like output of APIs The XML-like output of our API (often called the XML API) is already officially deprecated, and cPanel & WHM Version 70 will be the last version to support this output. Integrators and API users will want to begin switching to use the JSON output of the API now. The XLM-like format has long caused problems for integrators and developers because it is not valid XML, and we find that removing it completely will help reduce that.
Coming up next
I know that was a lot to take in, but we’re already starting work on version 66 of cPanel & WHM. While it’s still too early to say what will land in that version I can say that the incremental backup system, the remote backup destination system, and our third party software integrations are all getting a look!
If you haven’t already, take a look at Mickey’s post introducing himself, order a mug or a t-shirt, and then tweet me a picture of yourself with it.
As always, comment down below or find me on twitter if you have any questions!