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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...