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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...