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cPanel: Disabling cPanel Store Promotions

A few people have got a bit annoyed at the promotions/advertisements within their WHM webhosting control panel as developed by cPanel Inc (specifically, I saw the feature request “give server admins a way to turn off spam ads“).

Whilst cPanel partners (i.e. whoever your brought your cPanel licence from – usually your datacenter or web hosting provider) have the ability to toggle these cPanel Store Purchases from their cPanel Inc “manage2” interface, there is a way of disabling it yourself by “abusing” the internal testing code built into cPanel (specifically /usr/local/cpanel/Cpanel/Config/ which is called by /usr/local/cpanel/Cpanel/Whostmgr/ which, in turn, is called by /usr/local/cpanel/Whostmgr/Store/Product/ ):

1. Create a file (as root) called /etc/cpsources.conf

2. In that file add the following line:


(or any non-resolvable URL you like)

WHM/cPanel will then be unable to fetch the list of available products and will fall back to not promoting them.

One Comment

  1. Kostya S Kostya S

    This killed my AutoSSL, apparently this hack is too brutal.

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