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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase fully 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 domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 baffled? We surely are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...