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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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 bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...