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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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 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 growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...