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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...