How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...