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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...