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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...