Changing the cPanel Style / Theme

Some web hosts allow you to change the theme of the cPanel web hosting control panel.  cPanel comes with several preconfigured styles, and your web hosting company has the option of creating their own or modifying an existing theme with their branding.

cPanel uses the term "interface style" (or simply "style"), as well as the term "theme" in cPanel and support documentation. They all refer to the same thing.

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Where to Change Your cPanel Theme

Where you change your cPanel "style" will depend on which cPanel "style" or theme you are using.

Switch Theme Drop Down

If your web host has it enabled, the fastest way to change your theme is to use the Switch Theme drop down. Simply select from any of the available themes, and the page will reload with the new theme.

Switch Theme in cPanel

The location, font and size of the drop down box will vary theme by theme.

If this is not enabled, you can change it using one of the methods below.

Modern Themes

In the Basic, Retro, Paper Lantern and similar themes, the link to change your theme is located in the drop down menu at the top of the screen.

Contact Information Link in Paper Lantern Theme of cPanel

The newest versions of cPanel have the preferences located in the drop down menu at the top.

Note that even though the Retro theme looks similar to x3, the preferences are still located in the drop down menu at the top.

x3 Theme

In x3 and themes based on x3, it will typically be located in the Preferences section (although some hosts may move the icon into another section).

Contact Information icon in the x3 theme of cPanel

How to Change Your cPanel Theme

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Click on Change Style in the Preferences section or drop down menu depending on which theme you are using.
  3. Click on the Switch Style button under the style you wish to use.

The style is now changed, and you can either click on Home or Go Back to choose another theme.

Different Themes / Different Functionality

Sometimes the functionality will vary by style/theme, especially if the web host has created their own theme. The custom theme may include features not displayed on the standard themes provided with cPanel.

Themes/styles created by cPanel (the company) will all have the same functionality, however themes/styles created by your web hosting company or a third party vendor may have different functionality.

For example, some web hosts integrate their billing systems with cPanel, or give you access to additional functionality only available through their theme/style.

Getting Stuck

Sometimes which you switch to a new theme, there is no way to switch back. This is usually because the web host forgot to include a way to switch the theme in that particular theme.

If that happens, you may need to contact your web host's customer support, and ask that they change your theme back to the default theme (or to a specific theme like Basic, Paper Lantern or x3).

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Article Update

We added some information about the fact that some web hosts allow you to do this, and some web hosts do not.  We also added the note that sometimes web hosts have custom features that may only appear on their custom theme.

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Article Updates

We added screenshots and added additional information about where to change the theme. We also pointed out that "theme" and "style" are the same thing, and cPanel typically calls their cPanel themes "styles."

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