Using Skeleton Directories in cPanel

The skeleton (aka “skel”) directory is one of the frequently ignored features on Linux servers, especially for hosting providers.  With the skel directory, you can easily configure a default set of files to be automatically copied into new user accounts, which is particularly useful for customizing the holding pages for new customer websites.   On…

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How to Change the Location of MySQL on cPanel

There may be some situations where you have to move the location of MySQL, for example, if you’re out of disk space or perhaps looking to host it on another device to increase performance. Whatever the reason, moving MySQL is simple and has no impact ct on cPanel’s functionality.   1) Create a backup  …

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Why Softaculous is More Fantastic than Fantastico

I don’t mean to offend anyone who still uses Fantastico. Some people prefer to stick to what they’re used to, and Fantastico is the original open-source auto-installer built for cPanel and has a pretty solid name in the hosting industry. But geez – what happened? Where did all their developers go, and what are the…

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Upgrading MySQL Without Breaking PHP

Update: Please be advised that this post does not apply to you if you’re running EasyApache 4, because EA4 uses PHP RPMs and MySQL client compatibility libraries. Please make sure you are following the instructions below that pertain to your system! There’s a dilemma among system administrators of high-traffic servers when it comes to doing…

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Restoring Database Privileges

I’ve seen several cases in the last few months where database users seemingly “disappear” or privileges appear to become invalid when restoring MySQL data or an entire server from raw backups. This may commonly be attributed to a MySQL version mismatch, for example, when a server is running MySQL 5.0 and then is suddenly running…

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Installing Custom MySQL Versions

Update 2/14/14: These instructions have been updated to apply to 11.36+. If at all possible, you should use WHM to install MySQL, however, if you need a version of MySQL outside of what they are offering in current cPanel versions, it is possible to install your own versions. These instructions can also be used to…

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Removing WHM Disk Space Errors

If your server is approaching 99% disk space, your users may be aware of this before you are. At the 1% free margin, the following error will pop up when accessing certain features in cPanel and WHM: Sorry for the inconvience! The filesystem mounted at / on this server is running out of disk space.…

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