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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A total shortage of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...