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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. 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...

Weak Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!

Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement

The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.

Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation interfaces

Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...

Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite insolent 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? Mark that one as well...