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How to change the cPanel theme

You can change the look and feel of the cPanel administration interface by changing its theme. Additionally, some features are only accessible when using a particular theme.

Currently, A2 Hosting servers support the following cPanel themes:

  • x3: This is the legacy cPanel theme. If you have used cPanel in the past, this is probably the theme you are most familiar with.
  • Paper Lantern: This is the successor to the x3 theme. It has a completely new look and feel, and is designed to be more streamlined and easier to use.
    The Paper Lantern theme includes a Retro style that is similar in appearance to the legacy x3 theme.

Switching the theme to Paper Lantern

If your account is currently using the x3 theme, you can switch it to the new Paper Lantern theme. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. On the cPanel home screen, in the Switch Theme list box, select paper_lantern:

    cPanel - x3 - Change theme

  3. cPanel switches to the Paper Lantern theme immediately.
Changing the style

The Paper Lantern theme has a completely new look and feel. If you are familiar with the older x3 theme, it can take awhile to adjust. However, Paper Lantern includes a Retro style that is similar in appearance to the x3 theme, and can help ease the transition to the new user interface.

To change the style in Paper Lantern to Retro, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. Under PREFERENCES, click Change Style.
  3. Locate the Retro style, and then click Apply. The new style takes effect immediately.

Switching the theme to x3

If your account is currently using the Paper Lantern theme, you can switch it to the legacy x3 theme. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the left sidebar, click the Dashboard icon:

    cPanel - Paper Lantern - Dashboard icon

  3. Under SWITCH THEME, in the list box select x3:

    cPanel - Paper Lantern - Switch theme to x3

  4. cPanel switches to the x3 theme immediately.