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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

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

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!

Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder configuration

The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.

Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation user interfaces

Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Weak Point No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)

What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:

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