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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...