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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, 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 laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the complete lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the ardent customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...