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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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 situated 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...