Deploying JSPs & Servlets

JSP & Servlet Operation

cPanel (with the mod_jk module) has JSP and servlet functionality enabled on the Apache Web server. The Tomcat engine executes JSP and servlets. Once Tomcat is enabled for a site, cPanel instructs the Web server to send certain requests to Tomcat for processing. Tomcat requires an execution environment known as context, to be set up before it can execute JSPs and servlets properly.

A context is a directory structure on the server from which Tomcat can execute servlets and JSPs. cPanel automatically sets contexts for you. Please, note: we do not support Web archives (.war files).

Deploying JSPs & Servlets

Deploying JSPs and servlets on the cPanel is as easy as uploading a Web site using any FTP client. When Tomcat hosting is enabled for a site using, cPanel creates a default Tomcat context, for the virtual site in the site's web directory.

The context path of each virtual site is: "/home/domain/public_html/WEB-INF".

The WEB-INF directory contains configuration information for Tomcat and is the directory in which servlet class files need to be placed for deployment.

For more information, please visit the official Tomcat5 site at:


1) There is only one WEB-INF available per site - available for your main domain ( or; you can NOT have support for JSP pages and servlets for any sub-domains.

2) Currently we do NOT support WAR with our shared JVM plans due to common problems related to incorrect path names in the actual WAR archives. You can deploy your application files via FTP or by using our Web File Manager, and you can deploy any XML or class files in the WEB-INF folder.

3) We allow 1 JSP site per shared hosting account.

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