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How does cpanel web site hosting function?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

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

The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure

If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent 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)
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)

Are you getting disorientated? We categorically are!

Drawback No.2: The very same email folder configuration

The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.

Problem Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management GUIs

Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Predicament Number Five: More than 120 CP areas to memorize... fast

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:

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