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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We positively are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...