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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great 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)
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 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 becoming perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...