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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 growing confused? We undeniably are!

Drawback Number Two: The very same mail folder structure

The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.

Disadvantage No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration tools

Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...

Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...