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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly 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 website hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!

Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder arrangement

The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.

Negative Point No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation tools

Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Drawback Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)

How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Weakness No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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