How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 becoming perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...