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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Weak Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...