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How cPanel Hosting Works

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup

If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)

Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!

Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure

The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.

Downside Number Three: A total lack of domain management sections

Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...

Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)

What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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