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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are created 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 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 domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weakness No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...