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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An utter lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...