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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 getting perplexed? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: A complete absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the keen users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...