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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?

For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...

200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

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

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

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:

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

Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!

Predicament Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system

The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.

Weak Point Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation options

Do we have to refer to the thorough lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...

Weakness Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)

How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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