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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...