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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...