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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...