How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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 domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete shortage of domain management options
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the eager users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...