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How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?

For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering 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 website hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 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 perplexed? We positively are!

Negative Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.

Weak Side Number Three: An absolute absence of domain management sections

Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...

Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Weak Side No.5: 120+ web page hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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