As a web host, you want your servers always operating at their peak efficiency. This is true regardless of whether the consideration is either hardware or software. Once you have made the commitment to deploy cPanel across your server network(s) that you decide on the frequency of updates, as well as which cPanel release you will use.
What are the cPanel release tiers?
We are all at least generally familiar with the software development cycles, and different software developers use different release schedules according to the testing phase the software is in at the time. For example, some developers use an alpha, beta, release candidate (RC) type of release schedule, and each of these may have varying levels of releases.
The cPanel release schedule is very similar to the manner in which Linux distributions are released. cPanel updates in a variety of release tiers. Server administrators may then choose which release version is applicable to their system requirements.
The following are cPanel’s current release tiers:
• Long-term support
Each of the above cPanel release tiers represents various stages of the software development cycle. While the final decision to which release version to deploy is entirely up to the organizational decision-makers, including the system administrators, the selected version should be selected to meet the goals set for the server network and its assigned tasks.
What function does each release tier serve?
While most of the cPanel release tiers include fully functioning software, the software contains varying features and stability. Please remember that software continues to evolve with the developers constantly tweaking features and adding functionality. Each release tier is at a specific level of testing in the development cycle. There are some advantages and some disadvantages to each tier.