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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Problem No.3: An absolute lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...