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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...