How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent 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 erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management tools
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...