How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 configuration 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)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...