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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...