How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully 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 domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...