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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...