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How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?

For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

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

The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic 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 perplexed? We certainly are!

Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder system

The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.

Drawback No.3: A total lack of domain management GUIs

Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...

Downside Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to get to know... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:

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