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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?

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For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...

200,000 "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here is placed)
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)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
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 name)

Are you becoming confused? We surely are!

Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder structure

The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.

Weak Side Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation interfaces

Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)

How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting company is making use of, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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

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