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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...