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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...

200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 growing perplexed? We surely are!

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

The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.

Negative Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain administration user interfaces

Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...

Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)

How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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