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How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event 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 harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...