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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully 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 delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...