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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...