Creating an Auto Responder in cPanel

The Auto Responder functionality allows for cPanel to send a pre-made response to e-mails that are received by a given e-mail account. This is extremely useful for when someone is away from their e-mail for an extended period of time and they want to convey that to other users.

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How To: Installing Software with Softaculous

Softaculous is an easy to use one click installer, allowing you to install software packages on your Fully Managed Linux server quickly and easily backup and update these installs. While Softaculous is designed with ease of use in mind, it can be confusing to install software with Softaculous. The purpose of this article is to walk through installing a piece of software using Softaculous.

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Understanding localdomains and remotedomains

Due to the nature of the Internet, services for one domain do not need to be on one server. The website and email for a domain do not need to be on the same physical server. DNS is used to direct the traffic to the correct place, but DNS alone will not get all the bits to where they are supposed to be. Exim, cPanel’s SMTP service needs a little help beyond DNS in order to know how to handle mail that is generated locally. This is where /etc/localdomains and /etc/remotedomains come into play.

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dos2unix – Removing Hidden Windows Characters from Files

While editing files on a machine running some form of Windows and uploading them to a Linux server is convenient, it can cause unforeseen complications. Windows-based text editors put special characters at the end of lines to denote a line return or newline. Normally harmless, some applications on a Linux server cannot understand these characters and can cause the service to not respond correctly. There is a simple way to correct this problem: dos2unix.

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What is Softaculous?

The Softaculous auto-installer allows the installation of web applications with the click of a button. A wide variety of applications are available to be easily installed, including web portals, e-commerce solutions, content management systems, blogs, polls, forums and more. Softaculous can take over the installations of other auto-installers. Softaculous also has an easy-to-use backup feature, allowing for the backup of installations at anytime.

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Updating an A record from Command Line

Domain Name Service, or DNS, can be one of the most be one of the more complicated concepts in server administration. This article will walk through changing an A record from the Linux command line.
This article assumes that you are running BIND on a linux server, that you already have an understanding of what DNS is, the different types of DNS entries, and how DNS works. Please note: The incorrect editing of your zone file can take your site offline. All editing must be done on the authoritative nameservers for the given domain.

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Updating an A record in cPanel

Domain Name System, or DNS, is a complex system to understand, but cPanel has simplified the administration of DNS by adding it to the WHM interface. One of the most common tasks involved with administrating DNS is updating an A record. A records are one of the most common DNS entries, and cPanel makes updating them easy.
This article assumes that you are running BIND on a linux server, that you already have an understanding of what DNS is, the different types of DNS entries, and how DNS works. Please note: The incorrect editing of your zone file can take your site offline. All editing must be done on the authoritative nameservers for the given domain.

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Apache MPMs Explained

The Apache web server is the most popular web server in the world. This is in part due to its modular design. Apache 2 introduced Multi-Processing Modules, or MPMs. The MPMs change the basic functionality of the web server. They do this by modifying how Apache listens to the network, accepts, and handles requests. A lot of this functionality is rather technical and outside of the purview of this article. This article will briefly explain what the various MPMs are and how they work. For more detailed information on the various MPMs, please visit the Apache Documentation.

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Apache Modules Explained

The Apache web server is one of the most popular and powerful web servers in the world, due in part to its ease of administration and flexibility. This flexibility comes Apache’s modular design. The modules allow for Apache to perform additional functions, such as natively rewriting URLs to support SSL encryption. This allows administrators to modify Apache to meet their needs; adding modules that are needed and removing ones that are not.

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