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How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove 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 domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...