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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...