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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove 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 domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...