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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...