How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...