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How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 growing perplexed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number Three: A total absence of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...