How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Weak Point No.2: The 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 sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, depending on the billing platform (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...