How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...