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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...