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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?

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For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing 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 web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.

The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Website Hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup

If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!

Shortcoming Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration

The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.

Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management options

Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...

Predicament No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)

What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Website Hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is using, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting vendors:

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

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