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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...