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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the ardent users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...