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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:

public_html (here is located)
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 name)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
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)

Are you becoming confused? We absolutely are!

Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder setup

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

Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation interfaces

Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...

Weak Point No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:

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