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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...