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How does cpanel-based hosting function?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed

The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 bewildered? We positively are!

Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement

The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.

Weak Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation GUIs

Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)

What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).

Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:

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