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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed 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 placed 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...