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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 name)

Are you growing perplexed? We surely are!

Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder structure

The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.

Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management options

Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

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

What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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