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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: 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 furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute lack of domain management interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...