If you’ve got a web hosting account, you’ll probably be using cPanel to add domains, create email accounts and check on disk usage.

For as long as I can remember, the default cPanel theme has been X3, which, if you take a look at it today, looks incredibly outdated – both the UI design and the icons.

Though people swear by cPanel/WHM as the best and industry-standard web hosting control panel, I have to agree with others when they say it looks ugly.

So I was happy when I heard cPanel are planning to replace the outdated theme altogether with a newer, flat design theme called Paper Lantern. The new Paper Lantern cPanel theme is available on cPanel 11.46+, and will soon completely replace X3.

cPanel X3 theme

cPanel X3 theme

cPanel paper lantern theme

cPanel Paper Lantern theme

What are your thoughts on the new Paper Lantern theme? I’m still getting used to it, but I think it’s because I’ve been used to using X3 for so long!