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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous 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 becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management options
Do we need to cite the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 hosting CP sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...