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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?

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For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200k "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded

The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.

The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel Hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weakness Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 confused? We clearly are!

Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder system

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.

Downside Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management interfaces

Do we need to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)

What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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

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