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How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 growing puzzled? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...