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How does cpanel hosting operate?

For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded

The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain folder structure

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here is located)
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)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!

Downside Number Two: The very same email folder setup

The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.

Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration interfaces

Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)

How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... fast

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:

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