WHM/cPanel in .edu Environments

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University hosting needs are not dissimilar from the public sector, where control panels like cPanel are dominant. Scot Hacker describes how the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism uses cPanel to increase security and reduce administrative overhead.

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  • Many (most?) departments don't have a full-time sysadmin















  • Even if you're just hosting one site on a box, do you really have time to do learn how to (or remember how to, or find time to) do all of this stuff manually?
  • Off-campus hosting quality on campus. They’ve been doing this since 1997 - a lot of time to harden the system

  • Off-campus hosting quality on campus. They’ve been doing this since 1997 - a lot of time to harden the system

  • Even if these are true, cPanel is still worth the extra initial setup time b/c you’ll save so much in the long run.

  • Even if these are true, cPanel is still worth the extra initial setup time b/c you’ll save so much in the long run.


  • Visit Tweak Settings to start dialing things in (but the defaults are good and safe).
    Most things that can be done from WHM/cPanel can be done from the command line.
  • Minimum password security enforcement applies everywhere - FTP, email, new accounts.













  • And many more (click)
    J-School has 34 accounts on one shared server
  • Off-campus hosting quality on campus. They’ve been doing this since 1997 - a lot of time to harden the system


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