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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the devoted customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...