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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good 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 name)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...