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How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting puzzled? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...