How does cpanel-based website hosting work?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...

200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup

If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing confused? We clearly are!

Predicament Number Two: The same mail folder structure

The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.

Weak Point Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management sections

Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)

How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:

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