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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...