The CloudLinux guide for the next 10 years – or less


CloudLinux – the new era of the shared hosting.

Some of us out there already might know about CloudLinux, a Linux Distro build for the hosting industry.

While some years ago, overselling of a servers was the way to go to make any hosting company profitable. This seems even today a great way for the tech sector to make some extra income and wait to upgrade or buy more servers as needed.

Clients complaint to the support desk, my website is slow and I have bought a business account to prevent that, Or websites go suddenly offline, becasue with shared hosting your share an entire server with each other. If other users of a server suddenly need all available resources of the server, they would get it. Even if they had a small hosting package. Just 1 user could bring down a server, and affecting all other users.

CloudLinux Changed the Rules.

What is CloudLinux in the first place? CloudLinux is a conversion of an existing Linix Distrobution, The Linux Distros can that can be converter to CloudLinux.
CloudLinux are based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  Here is a complete list of the distros (based on the time of writing 14/05/2024).

  1. CentOS: One of the most common conversions, as CentOS shares a close compatibility with CloudLinux. You can convert CentOS versions 6, 7, and 8 to CloudLinux.

  2. RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux): Being the base for CentOS and CloudLinux, RHEL can also be converted to CloudLinux.

  3. AlmaLinux: After CentOS 8 shifted its focus and support model, AlmaLinux emerged as a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, and it can also be converted to CloudLinux.

  4. Rocky Linux: Another fork of RHEL that emerged following the shift in CentOS’s development, Rocky Linux can also be converted to CloudLinux.

  5. Oracle Linux: Although not as common, Oracle Linux, being closely compatible with RHEL, can also be converted to CloudLinux.

  6. Scientific Linux: Although the development of new versions has been discontinued, existing installations of Scientific Linux can still be converted to CloudLinux.

Now you already might see a benefit, you get a enterprise version of a server. 

To sum up the benefits of a enterprise server with a short list:

  1. Stable and Reliable: Linux servers are known for not crashing often, which means they can run for a long time without needing to be restarted. This makes them great for businesses that need their applications to be available all the time.

  2. Secure: Linux is considered to be very secure. It’s less prone to viruses and malware compared to other operating systems, which helps protect sensitive business data.

  3. Cost-Effective: Many Linux distributions are free to use, which can save businesses money on operating system licenses. Additionally, Linux can run on older hardware effectively, which helps save on hardware costs.

  4. Flexibility: Linux servers can be customized to meet the specific needs of a business. You can install only the components you need, which keeps the server lightweight and efficient.

  5. Community and Commercial Support: Linux has a large community of users and developers who contribute to its development and provide free support through forums and websites. For businesses needing more dedicated support, commercial support options are available from various providers.

  6. Performance: Linux servers can handle many tasks at once without slowing down. This makes them excellent for serving websites, handling databases, and running complex business applications.

  7. Compatibility: Linux supports a wide range of software applications and is often preferred for web server environments. It’s compatible with many programming languages and technologies.


Cloudlinux is an extreme secure and stable OS for your server, although the OS is not for free.

For a company, that buys a hosting package will always know how their bought package will preform, as they don’t have any trouble with lousy neighbors that might use a lot of the server resources, CloudLinux would limit these users, if they reach for example 80% of the CPU several counters start and will only release the resources that use bought. If you need more power, you need to upgrade your package. Fair play. You get what you pay for,

They technique CloudLinux uses is to put every user in his own box, his own cave. Here he can do whatever he wants to de, within the limits of the user policy a company created. Even if a user gets infected, this won’t has any influence for other users. In the past, some types of malware could hop from one account to another and infect an entire server. Today, a server with all products that Cloudflare offers, is always online, and gives the users the best the market currently has to offer.


Different hosting packages.

With CloudLinux a server administrator can create lot’s of different packages for their users, there is a light learning curve to setup a server the way the want.

If you make a mistake with the setup, CloudLinux won’t accept your package,
It is still possible to create packages and mislead custormers, believing they just bought a magical hosting package,
A simpe example:

Hosting package with unlimited disk space, unlimited email boxes and with  the inodes (hard and soft) set to 10.000.


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