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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, 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 web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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 getting nonplussed? We certainly are!

Drawback Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure

The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.

Weak Point No.3: A total deficiency of domain name administration sections

Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...

Drawback No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)

How about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... briskly

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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