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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are situated 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...