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How does cpanel-based site hosting work?

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web space hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 confused? We definitely are!

Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder configuration

The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.

Predicament Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain management options

Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)

What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).

Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:

As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...