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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the keen users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...