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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...