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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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 too...