cPanel Conference 2013 Preview: New Orleans Sept 30 – Oct 2

cPanel Conference 2013 Preview: New Orleans Sept 30 – Oct 2(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – cPanel Conference 2013 is making its annual return this year with a new destination: New Orleans, Louisiana, otherwise known as the “Big Easy.” The event is just around the corner and will be kicking off on Monday, September 30th and concluding on October 2nd.

Aside from general fun in a city renown for jazz, Mardi Gras and some of the world’s best seafood, there’s a lot of important things cPanel 2013 has in store for the web hosting community.

The conference itself will offer attendees a chance to network, take special technical classes and hear what some of the industry’s greatest minds think about the latest hosting trends.

There’s quite a bit on the agenda and it’s important to note that cPanel 2013 isn’t just hosting business as usual; it’s conducted in a style that emphasizes fun. So what’s all in store for cPanel 2013? We detail some of the most relevant happenings below:


Located at New Orleans’ historic Sheraton Hotel, registration and exhibitor setup for cPanel 2013 will take place at the hotel’s Grand Foyer & Grand Ballroom (A-C) 1:00PM – 5:00PM.

Nightly Fun

Shortly after (6:00PM), a Second Line Parade will occur as attendees make their way to the Creole Queen, a famous New Orleans paddlewheeler where they’ll enjoy a night on the Mississippi river (7:00PM – 10:00PM). However, cPanel 2013 day 1 fun doesn’t end there. Starting at 10:00PM, attendees will meet up for delicious cocktails at Masquerade, a Harrah’s New Orleans bar.


After a fun night on the town, The SSL Store will kick off breakfast in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom at 9:00 AM as the exhibitor floor opens at the same time.


The day’s events will include cPU Certification Testing (all day, 9:00AM – 5:00PM) while back-to-back keynotes will be provided by CEO Robert Marsh (keynote titled “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”) and ServInt COO Christian Dawson (keynote titled “Lessons From 18 Years in Web Hosting).

11AM-12PM will offer attendees the chance to mingle and network on the Exhibitor floor where just some of the companies participating include SoftLayer, HP, CloudLinux, Open-Xchange, ServerHub, the i2Coalition, SiteLock and SingleHop. Afterwards, attendees will break for lunch (sponsored by The SSL Store) in the Grand Ballroom.

Day 2 Sessions

Heading into the evening, that’s where all the sessions begin (1:00PM-1:55PM). We’ll hear from cPanel Director of Product Development Ken Power regarding the latest additions to cPanel & WHM, from cPanel Technical Analyst Richard Asp regarding how to achieve flawless migrations and from Arvixe CEO Arvand Sabetian on how to maximize efficiency in the virtual workplace.

The proceeding sessions (2:00PM-2:55PM) will feature talks from cPanel Product Owner Phil King on the development towards IPv6, from cPanel Integration Developer D. Ruth Bavousett on using cPanel & WHM API and from cPanel Strategic Partner Manager Mario Rodriguez on how to maximize the cPanel partner experience.

Other sessions during the latter part of the day (3:00PM – 3:55PM), meanwhile, will include talks from cPanel UI Designer George Böhnisch on adding native 1:1 NAT support to cPanel & WHM 11.40, from CentOS Project Lead Karanbir Singh on what’s happening with CentOS and a Q&A session titled “Speed Geeking.”

Focusing on Security!!

Of course, in the web hosting industry, we all know the importance of security. From 4:00PM – 5:00PM, cPanel employees along with Steve Ciaburri of Rack 911 will gather to discuss the latest industry security trends. This is an event that was held last year. We highly recommend making sure you’re there for a great conversation.

Nightly Fun

Like the preceding night, cPanel attendees will again have a chance for some fun. They’ll board a float and head down to Republic, a live music and nightlife bar where they’ll mingle and drink awesome beverages (meet in the lobby of the Sheraton at 8PM to catch a ride).


Day 3 of cPanel 2013 kicks off with a breakfast sponsored by ServerHub in the Grand Ballroom (A – C). Again, the exhibit floor will be open all day as cPU Certification Testing continues (9:00AM – 5:00PM).


Wednesday’s keynote address will be given by Web Hosting for Dummies author Peter Pollock who will discuss “Communicating 21st Century Hosting to 20th Century Clients.”

Visitors will again have the chance to mingle with exhibitors (11:00AM – 12:00PM) and eat lunch sponsored by HP (12:00PM – 1:00PM).

So with the cloud computing shift continuing, everyone’s probably still wondering, what’s the future have in store for web hosting? We’ll find out when representatives from companies like, OnApp, SingleHop, Demand Media and cPanel gather for a panel discussion (1:00PM – 1:55PM).

Day 3 Sessions

Wednesday’s 2:00PM sessions will include talks from Open-Xchange Hosting Evangelist Jon McCarrick on OX App Suite, WHMCS QA Consultant Nate Custer on full stack monitoring with Selenium and HP employees Sridhar Rajagopalan and Chuck Adams on “innovating for the service provider market.” Meanwhile, SilteLock President Neill Feather will talk about how cPanel integration can save customers and increase revenue.

Onward to the 3:00 PM sessions, we’ll hear a talk on SSL changes in cPanel 11.38, a discussion by cPanel Product Owner Scott O’Neil on automating cPanel deployments, a presentation from SpamExperts Co-founder Dreas van Donselaar on email security and archiving integration and a 30 minute session on DDoS attacks from CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince.

The closing sessions (4:00 PM) will perhaps be some of the most interesting. They’ll include talks from VP of Business Development Chris Sheridan on ICANN’s upcoming new TLDs and cPanel Technical Support Manager Brian Oates on EasyApache.

Nightly Fun

During the last night of cPanel, attendees will gather at the House of Blue for one last chance at fun for cPanel 2013’s Closing Reception (7:00PM – 10:00PM).

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