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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic 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 positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 doubtlessly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...