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How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great 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 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...