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.
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:
Push Notifications So You Don’t Miss Anything Important
Get notified instantly of upcoming changes or exciting news or relevant information about your account.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)