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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single 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 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We definitely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...