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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...