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How does cpanel-based hosting operate?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.

The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in

Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder system

If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure is:

public_html (here is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
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)

Are you getting baffled? We absolutely are!

Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup

The email folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.

Downside Number Three: A complete absence of domain administration GUIs

Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...

Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)

What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).

Weakness Number 5: 120+ CP departments to memorize... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:

As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...