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How does cpanel web site hosting function?

For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded

The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in

Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

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

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web page hosting business demands. In 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: A ludicrous domain name folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing confused? We absolutely are!

Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration

The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.

Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain administration interfaces

Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)

How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:

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