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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 confused? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...