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How does cpanel-based hosting work?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...

200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web page hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely 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 very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent 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)
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 name)
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 name)

Are you growing disorientated? We definitely are!

Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder system

The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.

Problem Number 3: A complete absence of domain administration interfaces

Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...

Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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