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How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most webspace hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 name)
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 bewildered? We undeniably are!

Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure

The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.

Inconvenience No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces

Do we have to cite the total absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)

What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... promptly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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