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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...

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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Downside Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)

Are you growing baffled? We unquestionably are!

Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.

Weak Point No.3: A total shortage of domain manipulation options

Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...

Drawback No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)

How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to learn... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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