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VPS and Dedicated Servers Third-Party Applications

When you lease a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server, it comes with essential software. However, you may need to install additional third-party applications for more specialized needs. While your hosting provider's support team offers limited help with these applications, their primary role is to ensure the server's functionality, not to assist with the installation, configuration, or management of third-party software. Essentially, while you have the freedom to customize your server with various applications, you're responsible for managing those applications yourself.

Some of the most popular third-party applications our customers have installed can be found below, including a link to a helpful guide.



ConfigServer Security & Firewall (CSF)

CSF is a free firewall application that automatically blocks abusive IP addresses in the server's iptables firewall service. Please see ConfigServer Security & Firewall to learn more about using CSF.

Nginx

Nginx is a web server application that many customers use instead of or sometimes in conjunction with the Apache web service. The following links discuss Engintron, a third-party Nginx plugin compatible with cPanel, and how to install Nginx directly on the server.

LiteSpeed

LiteSpeed is also a web server like Nginx and Apache. Information on how to install LiteSpeed on a cPanel server and how to purchase a Litespeed license can be found below:

Java

Java will need to be installed on the server when running Java Server Apps. Please see our article on Installing Java.

Tomcat & Node.js

Tomcat and Node.js are servers for Java-based applications. Though not installed by cPanel by default, they can be installed through the EasyApache 4 interface within the WHM panel.
WHM - Easy Apache 4 additional packages

Note: this functionality was added in version 80 of cPanel. Older versions would need to be updated to see this option.
This article from cPanel's documentation explains installing a node.js application on your server.

Python & Django

These are application services that allow you to deploy web applications. Please see cPanel's documentation on Installing a Python WSGI Application to learn more.

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful, open-source search and analytics engine. To learn more, please see cPanel's documentation on Installing and Running Elastisearch.

FFmpeg

FFmpeg is a multimedia framework designed to decode, encode, transcode, stream, and play various media content and types. There are legal concerns when installing FFmpeg, so follow local and country laws. More information on how to use FFmpeg legally can be found below:

MongoDB

MongoDB is a cross-platform document-oriented database server. It can be installed on the server as an alternative to pre-included database applications such as MySQL and MariaDB. Learn how to install MongoDB.

Please note that this is not an article endorsed by our support, and the instructions include installing a separate repository that may conflict with the cPanel environment. Follow these instructions at your own risk.

Summary

To ensure your websites and emails run at their most optimal level, optimization and servers third-party applications you use on your VPS servers and Dedicated servers are necessary features to help you manage your servers.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

  • Chat Support - While on our website, you should see a CHAT bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Click anywhere on the bubble to begin a chat session.
  • Phone Support -
    • US: 888-401-4678
    • International: +1 801-765-9400

You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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