How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...