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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 getting baffled? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...