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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase completely 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 domain names 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 very popular 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...