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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). 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 quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...