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How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in

Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. 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 name folder arrangement 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 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 positively are!

Problem Number Two: The very same email folder system

The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.

Weak Point Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces

Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...

Weak Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)

How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting companies:

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