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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase 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 quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...