How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers 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 across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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 growing confused? We positively are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...