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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...