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How cPanel Hosting Works

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

Small
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.92 / month
Medium
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.67 / month
 

The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms 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 across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

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

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete fully 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 very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 name)

Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!

Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder setup

The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.

Weak Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces

Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...

Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum three)

What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:

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

 

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