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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...