How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...