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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We positively are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...