How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete 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 domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent 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)
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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...