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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

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

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain name folder system

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here is situated)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We undeniably are!

Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.

Weak Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management GUIs

Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...

Problem Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)

What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).

Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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