How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...