How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...