How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good 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)
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 puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...