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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...