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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...