How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...