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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! 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 fulfilled all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...