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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one 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 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain name folder system

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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)
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 confused? We surely are!

Weakness Number 2: The same mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.

Weak Side Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management interfaces

Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)

What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).

Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... briskly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:

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