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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Downside No.3: An utter shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...