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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: An entire absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...