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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...