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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

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

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 confused? We doubtlessly are!

Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder setup

The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.

Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management tools

Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...

Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)

How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Downside No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to get to know... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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