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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 becoming baffled? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...