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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 name)
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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...