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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough lack of domain administration menus
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...