How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...