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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
C$5.92 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
C$13.15 / month
 

The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

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

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!

Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder setup

The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.

Shortcoming No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management options

Do we have to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...

Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:

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