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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered 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...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 baffled? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...