How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...