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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete 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 domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Side No.3: An utter lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...