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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!

Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder system

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.

Disadvantage Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation options

Do we have to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:

As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...