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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?

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For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

200k "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 getting baffled? We absolutely are!

Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup

The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.

Drawback No.3: An utter lack of domain name management user interfaces

Do we need to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...

Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)

What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:

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

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