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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 confused? We definitely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic 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 blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: An entire absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...