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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...