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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly 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 entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely 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 quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
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 becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...