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How does cpanel web hosting operate?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire site hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most webspace hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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)

Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!

Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder structure

The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.

Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration options

Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...

Weak Point No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)

What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:

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