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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: An utter absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...