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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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 web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...