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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...