How does cpanel-based web hosting work?

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The webspace hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in

Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web space hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!

Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder system

The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.

Disadvantage Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs

Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...

Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)

How about the need for another login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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