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How does cpanel-based hosting work?

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web space hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)

Are you growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!

Predicament No.2: The very same email folder configuration

The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.

Weakness No.3: A sheer absence of domain management user interfaces

Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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