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How does cpanel-based website hosting function?

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...

200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current site hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 puzzled? We definitely are!

Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement

The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.

Weak Point No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration user interfaces

Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)

What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Downside Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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