How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...