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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...