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How does cpanel hosting function?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.

The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most webspace hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system is:

public_html (here is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)

Are you growing baffled? We unquestionably are!

Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.

Negative Point Number Three: A total lack of domain name management tools

Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Weak Point Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)

How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly

cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...