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How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web site hosting market is... Full stop.

The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all webspace hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you growing puzzled? We unquestionably are!

Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.

Weak Side No.3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces

Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...

Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)

How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Disadvantage No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... 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...