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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...