How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...