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How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

200,000 "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you growing confused? We undeniably are!

Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup

The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.

Negative Point Number Three: An utter lack of domain administration options

Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...

Weak Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max three)

What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, 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 too...