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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around 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 differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... 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 informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...