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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Weakness Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...