How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely 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 simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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 getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...