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How cPanel Hosting Works

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...

200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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 nonplussed? We certainly are!

Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration

The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.

Negative Sign No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation menus

Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)

What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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