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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great 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 name)
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 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 growing bewildered? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...