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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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 getting disorientated? We undeniably are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...