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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...