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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting market demands. 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...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely 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 quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: An utter absence of domain management tools
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...