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How cPanel Hosting Works

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: 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 offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides 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 probably met all hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Side No.1: A laughable domain folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system is:

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

Are you getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!

Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration

The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.

Negative Side Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name management options

Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...

Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)

How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the eager customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:

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