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How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A complete absence of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...