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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...

200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)

Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!

Negative Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system

The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.

Negative Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces

Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...

Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, based on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Problem Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... briskly

cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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