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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one 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%, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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 great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...