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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely 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 quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...