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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete 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 domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...