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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weakness No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...