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The New cPanel Paper Lantern Theme At HostGator

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by

HostGator cPanel Paper Lantern Theme

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new HostGator Paper Lantern cPanel theme.   

The goal of this redesigned cPanel theme is to provide a better user experience to our valued customers.  

This new theme will be rolling out to our customers over the next few days. So if you don’t see it immediately, please know that it is coming soon.

Some of the key features that come with this release are:


Search Bar to Find What You Need Quickly

A full page window that allows you to type in any word and it will pull up the relevant cPanel sections or functions.

cPanel Paper Lantern theme


Search Support Articles Without Leaving cPanel

A window that allows you to type in a word or phrase and a list of matching articles in our support documentation will be listed for quick reference. Here’s an example:

cPanel Paper Lantern


Push Notifications So You Don’t Miss Anything Important

Get notified instantly of upcoming changes or exciting news or relevant information about your account.

cPanel Paper Lantern theme


Access Key Areas Through The Left Sidebar Navigation Menu

We’ve also introduced a navigation on the left side so that you can easily access key areas quickly, such as:HostGator cPanel Navigation



This is the traditional cPanel Index page with 10 different sub-categories for faster access to the section you are looking for.  Another great feature is that if you choose to move the sections up and down to better suit your needs, the left navigation bar updates right along with it.  Just move them around to the order that you want, refresh the page, and the navigation bar will be in sync with their new order you have created.


Popular Links

This is a new section that we’ve added and we hope that customers find it as useful as we intended it to be. Popular Links is where we put our most popular links across both cPanel and the Marketplace for quick access.  If for some reason, you decide that Popular Links section is in the way, you can easily get rid of it by clicking the X in the right hand corner.


Server Stats

Stats at your fingertips! The stats section allows customers and support agents alike to get a quick look at the status of their account, including when the latest backup was run or how much data you’re using on the server.  We will continue to refine this page and add more information so please let us know what other data would be valuable in this section.  



Currently this links to the HostGator Domains page. There aren’t any changes to this page with this release, but be on the lookout for some changes coming soon to improve the overall experience of registering new domain names.  



The MarketPlace is our new and improved QuickInstall page. It gives you easy access to things like the HostGator Website Builder, WordPress Themes, or one-click installs of many of the most popular applications.  It also provides links to add-ons like CodeGuard and Sitelock that help you protect your website and its critical data.



When you help with an issue, the last thing you want to do is try to dig through pages to find it.  

With the Help page, you have direct links to the support portal or one-click access to our chat system. There are links to many of HostGator’s custom self-help tools for troubleshooting performance or application problems.

We know that this is a completely different experience for many cPanel users. However, we believe that it is designed in a way that everyone will be able to use it easily and effectively.

If for some reason you don’t love the new theme and want to switch back to the X3 version, no worries – you can do that easily. In the upper right corner, simply select Change Style option under the user profile menu and select the X3 HG theme. This can also be found under the preferences section.

Switch cPanel Theme

Fair warning for those that wish to switch back, though – cPanel is transitioning to this new theme style and the X3 theme will no longer be supported in the near future.

Ready to switch to Paper Lantern? Simply click on the Snappy icon in your preferences section and the new theme will be applied, or you can watch our Facebook Live video below where we walk you through the process. (After pressing play, it takes about 10 seconds or so for the video to start.)


  • Karen
    9 October 2016 at 3:32 am

    Finally, I have wasted so much time trying to find the cpanel. Glad to see this improvement.

  • Shane
    10 October 2016 at 8:00 am

    When will cloud hosting have this new theme?

    • Amelia Willson
      10 October 2016 at 10:02 am

      Hi Shane,
      We’re rolling it out gradually, so you should see it within the next week or two. Please feel free to follow up on this blog post or to contact our support team if you have more questions. Thank you!

  • Pierre
    10 October 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I just signed up for an account with HostGator and was quite disappointed to see the old X3 interface for cPanel, to the point where I was about to cancel by 3yr initial subscription. Since I have 45 days until I need to make a decision on cancelling, I will stick around, but hopefully this interface upgrade happens sooner than later. Will check back in a week.

    • Amelia Willson
      12 October 2016 at 9:39 am

      Hi Pierre,

      We’re planning to have it all rolled out by the 17th. Stay tuned! Thank you.

  • Ross
    19 October 2016 at 3:19 pm


  • IamDefiler
    19 October 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Should resellers see this for their clients?

    • Amelia Willson
      19 October 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Yes, but it will look slightly different. The HostGator branding won’t be on reseller / VPS / Dedicated cpanels

  • Bobby R Treat
    20 October 2016 at 1:51 am

    That’s all well and good, but I see no sign of anything that has ANYTHING to do with my actual website. There’s a Files section, for instance — but they’re not the files of my website. Where would I find my WordPress site in all this?

    • Amelia Willson
      20 October 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hi Bobby,

      You can access your WordPress site by going to your domain name and appending /wp-admin to the end of the URL (for example, enter in your browser). Hope this helps.

  • Thierry
    20 October 2016 at 2:06 am

    vefrry Good!!!

  • Philip
    20 October 2016 at 5:15 am

    Has it been rolled out? I don’t see how to install it anywhere

    • Amelia Willson
      20 October 2016 at 11:55 am

      Hi Philip,

      Yes it is now available for all cloud/shared hosting. Please contact our support team for help finding it in your cPanel.

  • Claudio Camblor
    20 October 2016 at 6:52 am

    In the background, Hostgator design platform it is very robust and its operation is very stable. This new enhancement adds value and will help, Thanks Hostgator

  • Fabian
    20 October 2016 at 7:16 am

    Hi Amella,
    Any update as to when will this theme be available?

    • Amelia Willson
      20 October 2016 at 11:54 am

      Hi Fabian,

      It should be available now. If you are having trouble finding it in your cPanel, please contact our support team.

  • Ijewemen Ojo
    20 October 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Itchy finger. I can’t wait! Well done, Hostgator.

  • Darrell
    20 October 2016 at 7:11 pm

    The C Panel was a nightmare for me in the past, glad to see this. Thank you !

  • Aftab Hussain
    22 October 2016 at 7:03 am
  • Corey
    22 October 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Is there an option to keep the c-pannel?

    The reason I left GoDaddy was just for this reason.

    Not a fan.

    • Amelia Willson
      24 October 2016 at 9:57 am

      Hi Corey,

      Thank you for the feedback!

      Yes, you can easily switch back to the X3 version. In the upper right corner, simply select Change Style option under the user profile menu and select the X3 HG theme. This can also be found under the preferences section.

  • DVK
    24 October 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Im really dissapointed in cpanel for forcing me to use this theme. It looks pretty good on a smaller monitor but the responiveness on a 24″ 1920×1200 monitor just hurts my eyes. The quick stats are gone. And overall its too bright. I stare at a computer screen all day and its hard to look at a screen that has everything washed out. Really wish I could have just kept my old theme.

    • Amelia Willson
      24 October 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi DVK,

      Thanks for your feedback. If you’d like, you can easily switch back to the X3 version. In the upper right corner, simply select Change Style option under the user profile menu and select the X3 HG theme. This can also be found under the preferences section.

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