How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents 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 just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...