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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weak Side No.3: An entire lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...