How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 getting baffled? We positively are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Downside No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the ardent clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...