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How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete 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 simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...