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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...