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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system

If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 getting disorientated? We undeniably are!

Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup

The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.

Weak Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain management GUIs

Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:

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