Site Publisher



This interface enables you to quickly create a simple website, even if you have never created a website before. When you use this interface, you will select an appropriate template for your website, and then enter the website content that the template requests.

For example, you can use this interface to create a simple website with your business's information or to create a placeholder page while you prepare a more elaborate website.

Create or modify a Site Publisher website

To create or modify a Site Publisher website for one of your domains, perform the following steps:

  1. Select a domain from the list of available domains, addon domains, and subdomains.

    • If you only own a single domain, or if you accessed this interface via a link after subdomain or addon domain creation, the system automatically selects that domain and proceeds to the next step. 

  2. Select a template from the available options.

    • The Select a Template section of this interface displays a preview image, name, and description for each available Site Publisher template.
    • If you selected a domain that already uses a Site Publisher website, the system preselects the current template.
  3. Enter or update the desired website content. 

  4. Warning:

    If the directory that will contain your Site Publisher website already contains other files or directories, the system will perform the following actions when you click Publish:

    1. Back up the directory's contents. 
    2. Delete any existing files that use the same filenames as your new Site Publisher website's files
    3. Save the new website's files to the directory.
    4. Click Publish. A confirmation message will appear with a link to your new website.


Select a Domain

The Select a Domain section of the interface lists the domain name and website directory (document root) for every domain that your cPanel account owns. If a domain currently uses a Site Publisher website, the interface also lists the website's template's name.

  • Click the domain name to open the domain in a new browser window.
  • Click the website directory to open that directory in cPanel's File Manager interface (cPanel >> Home  >> Files >> File Manager) in a new browser window.

If your cPanel account owns a large number of domains, the interface automatically paginates the table. Click the page numbers in the top right corner of the section to navigate between pages of domains, or use the Search text box at the top of the list to search for a domain.


Site Publisher files

When you publish a Site Publisher website, cPanel automatically performs the following actions:

  1. The script saves a copy of the domain's document root's current contents as a tarball in the /home/user/site_publisher/backups/ directory, where user represents your cPanel account's username.


  2. The system deletes any existing Site Publisher backups that are more than 30 days old.
  3. The system generates the new Site Publisher website's files and stores them in the domain's document root.
    • If one of the new website's files conflicts with an existing file, the system overwrites the existing file with the new file.
    • If the system encounters an error during this step, it restores the website's original contents from the backup tarball and does not publish the new Site Publisher website.
    • The system saves configuration information for the new website in the /home/user/site_publisher/configurations/ directory, where user represents your cPanel account's username. It saves this file as the  file, where  represents the Site Publisher website's target directory, with hyphens ( - ) instead of slashes ( / ).

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