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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A total shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...