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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter absence of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...