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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 perplexed? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...