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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...