How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...