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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: 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 entire website hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...