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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 becoming nonplussed? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...