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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...