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How does cpanel-based hosting function?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most webspace hosting industry preconditions. 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...

Disadvantage Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!

Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system

The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.

Drawback Number Three: An utter lack of domain management user interfaces

Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...

Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)

How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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