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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 getting confused? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...