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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly 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 hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...