How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great 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)
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 name)
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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...