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How does cpanel web hosting work?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...

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

The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

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

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web page hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 name)

Are you getting nonplussed? We absolutely are!

Weakness Number 2: The very same email folder structure

The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.

Weakness Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management GUIs

Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)

What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... fast

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...