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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...