How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...