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How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web space hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200k "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.

The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

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

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
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 name)

Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!

Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.

Negative Side No.3: An absolute lack of domain name management user interfaces

Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)

What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Predicament Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... promptly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:

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