How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...