cPanel is excited about the upcoming product inclusion of Attracta in cPanel & WHM. If you are a host or a server owner, then this forum post should be helpful in answering questions you may have:
Q. What is happening with Attracta & cPanel?
Attracta will become a standard feature within cPanel & WHM. Users will have the ability to instantly turn it offor on (by default, Attracta will be active).
Q. When will this inclusion occur?
Attracta SEO tools are scheduled for release to the cPanel & WHM EDGE tier at the beginning of April with availability in the CURRENT tier later in the month.
Q. Where will the change appear?
Customers will see a new row titled “FREE Search Engine (SEO) Optimization Tools” upon logging into cPanel.
Q. Which companies currently use Attracta?
Attracta is used by hundreds of top hosting providers including HostGator, BlueHost, HostDime, BrainHost, UK2.Net, and HostPapa.
Q. How will Attracta help your website owners?
Attracta, bundled with cPanel & WHM, will add features to your web hosting services that will ultimately help you sell more hosting. Attracta provides automated SEO Tools to increase site traffic, marketing tools to monetize site content, and an App Store to automatically install popular web based applications.
Attracta’s core technology is its Marketing Dashboard and Portal that allows website owners to monitor the financial health of their website. Additionally, there is a sophisticated and scalable crawler that crawls customer websites, and creates and submits XML sitemaps directly to Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Ask.
Q. How does Attracta work with cPanel?
The Attracta integration with cPanel allows seamless access to SEO services from within the cPanel interface. When accessing the SEO Tools in cPanel, the user’s registration and configuration is automated. This includes automatically adding the sitemap directive to the robots.txt file, factoring in redirected domains, and the ability for customers to add additional free and paid services without having to manually modify their site.
Often times users have difficulty updating site components like their robots.txt file or including additional site software by adding the necessary code to their site. Attracta automates these processes by integrating with the user’s cPanel account and Apache to provide seamless site improvements without changing any HTML code.
Q. Is Attracta SEO tools currently active on my server?
Attracta SEO tools is not currently active on cPanel & WHM, but is scheduled for mass deployment in EDGE towards the end of March. Stable, Current, and Release deployments are tentatively scheduled to occur throughout April and May.
Q. How do I turn Attracta on and off?
We believe you should have the freedom of choice, and this feature can be turned OFF at your convenience if you do not wish to offer these services. Like other software bundled within cPanel, this add-on can be restrictedon a per-user basis.
Attracta visibility for the end-user is controlled via the “Feature Lists” controls. Similar to how you can toggle off phpMyAdmin, SiteSoftware, or any other icon within the cPanel UI, you can easily turn Attracta on or off.
Q. What are some of the free tools that web hosting providers will be able to offer to their clients?
Attracta SEO offers several free SEO tools to aid in driving traffic to your customers’ sites. Some of these tools are: Google Blacklist Check, XML Sitemap creation and submission, SEO Tips, link building services, and social networking tools to verify proper Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Q. How do I register for the revenue sharing program?
There will be a new tab created in the WHM UI, under ‘Plugins/Attracta’ that will detail the benefits of offering Attracta.**** This same tab will also contain a link to a form that allows you to register by agreeing to the terms of service.
Registered users get a listing in Attracta’s directory via a new tab in the upper right hand corner of their Attracta account labeled****"Partner".**** In this section, you will see user signups and user upgrades.
Those that want early access to the integration and revenue share can go to go.cPanel.net/attracta/.
Q. How do the “paid services” and revenue sharing opportunities work for web hosting providers?
Hosts can earn a 10% revenue share on upgrades to paid SEO services such as Turbo Traffic 20, Turbo Traffic 100 and Managed SEO. You will also be able to custom configure service offerings ****to remove any conflicts with services that you offer.
We (Troy and Aaron) look forward to answering any further questions you have about this upcoming integration.