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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: 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 offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 name)
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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!

Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration

The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.

Negative Side No.3: A total shortage of domain manipulation interfaces

Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...

Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)

What about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to learn... fast

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:

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