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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 space hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web page hosting market prerequisites. 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...

Downside Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase 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 easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing confused? We surely are!

Weak Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.

Inconvenience Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration interfaces

Do we have to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...

Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting vendors:

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