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Restarting Services

This article will provide instructions for how to restart services on your VPS or Dedicated server using WHM. Restarting Services is a often recommended as a troubleshooting step either when a service has stopped or when installing new software. While it may sometimes be necessary, it generally is not and has little effect on the server. If you find you are needing to restart services regularly, you may wish to contact HostGator support to identify an issue that may be preventing your services from functioning correctly.

Manually Restart a Service

To manually restart a service from WHM:

  1. Log into WHM as root.
  2. Scroll the left navigation bar down to the Restart Services section:

  3. Click on the name of the service you wish to restart.
  4. WHM will ask if you are sure you wish to restart the service, please click Yes:

Enable Monitor to Auto Restart Services

Note: Services that fail repeatedly may be experiencing issues that require administrative attention.

Note: It is not recommended to enable Monitor for the following services, as the issues involved in their failure frequently require administrator attention:

  • Entropy Chat Server
  • Exim Mail Server - no monitor only
  • Exim Mail Server (on another port)
  • Eximstats
  • Antirelayd
If you experience issues with any of these services, we recommend contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.

It is possible to activate monitor for enabled services, allowing your server to auto restart services that become disabled. To enable monitor:

  1. Log into WHM as root.
  2. Navigate to the Service Configuration section and select Service Manager:

  3. Scroll to the service you wish to enable monitor for.
  4. Ensure that both Enabled and Monitor are checked for the desired service:

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.
Please contact us via phone or Live Chat if you have any questions or require assistance.