How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully 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 web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...