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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?

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For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.

The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Website Hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Problem Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing confused? We positively are!

Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system

The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.

Drawback No.3: An absolute lack of domain management sections

Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...

Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)

What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Website Hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).

Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting vendors:

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

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