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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...