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How does cpanel web site hosting work?

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

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

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web space hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)

Are you growing nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!

Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration

The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.

Weakness Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces

Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...

Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)

How about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: 120+ hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, 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 too...