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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. 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 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 growing confused? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...