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How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
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 refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...