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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...