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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and 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 web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the devoted customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...