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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 name)
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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...