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How does cpanel-based website hosting work?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in

Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all webspace hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)

Are you becoming baffled? We clearly are!

Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup

The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.

Shortcoming Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces

Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...

Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)

What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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