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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...