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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...