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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...