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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the 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 placed 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. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...