How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for 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 trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 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 confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...