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How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...