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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 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)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...