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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...