Hosting providers often prefer to standardize their software and application environment, which includes the deployed version of cPanel & WHM. Usually, a specific release tier (such as STABLE, RELEASE, or CURRENT) ensures a consistent environment across many servers.
In some circumstances, providers prefer not to rely on cPanel, Inc.'s tiered release system to select the installed version of cPanel & WHM. Additionally, providers who require a specific version of cPanel & WHM need an assured method to deploy new installations of cPanel & WHM, even when that version is no longer the current production release.
cPanel, Inc. actively develops cPanel & WHM, and we release new builds frequently. Traditionally, more conservative system administrators choose to completely disable software updates in order to maintain control over their deployments of cPanel & WHM. The Long-Term Support (LTS) tier provides an alternative to disabling updates, and will help ensure that cPanel & WHM servers receive important updates and fixes.
To view the cPanel & WHM version on each release tier, visit our httpupdate.cpanel.net site.
The 11.34 release of cPanel & WHM introduces changes to the Long-Term Support tier.
As of cPanel & WHM version 11.34, the lifespan of a release is 12 months from the initial publication of the production version. cPanel, Inc. may extend a version's LTS period at their discretion.
Development releases of cPanel & WHM do not qualify for LTS. We do not consider their publication dates when we calculate an LTS version's lifespan.
Over the lifespan of an LTS release, cPanel, Inc. will provide security and other critical updates.
LTS releases will not receive new features unless cPanel, Inc. decides that they are critical to a release's viability, or to ensure compatibility with later versions of cPanel & WHM.
cPanel & WHM provides various third-party applications (for example, MySQL® and Roundcube).
cPanel, Inc. will continue to provide critical and security-related updates to these third-party applications when a customer installs them with an LTS version of cPanel & WHM. However, cPanel, Inc. may provide these fixes as back-ported patches instead of as upgrades to the latest version of the application.
cPanel, Inc. develops and updates EasyApache with a separate release schedule from cPanel & WHM's release schedule.
cPanel, Inc. provides EasyApache updates for an LTS release until the LTS release reaches End of Life (EOL). If the currently-installed version of cPanel & WHM does not meet the requirements of a new EasyApache function or feature, EasyApache will update but the functionality is not guaranteed or supported.
Currently, EasyApache 3 is no longer in development and only receives security updates. EasyApache 3 is tentatively scheduled for deprecation at some point in 2018. You will receive at least three months notification prior to official deprecation. After that time, EasyApache 3 will no longer receive any updates.
We strongly recommend that you upgrade to EasyApache 4. For more information, read our EasyApache 4 documentation.
cPAddons in cPanel's Site Software interface (Home >> Software >> Site Software) continue to receive updated applications throughout the lifespan of an LTS release.
Plugins in WHM's Manage Plugins interface (Home >> cPanel >> Manage Plugins) continue to receive updated applications throughout the lifespan of an LTS release.