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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...