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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?

For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed

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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Problem No.1: A stupid domain folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:

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

Are you growing baffled? We surely are!

Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder setup

The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.

Weak Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management options

Do we need to point out the utter lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Predicament Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... fast

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:

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