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How does cpanel hosting function?

For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...

200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The web space hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.

The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We unquestionably are!

Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup

The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.

Inconvenience Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration GUIs

Do we need to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)

How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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