How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand 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...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, 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, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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? Note that one as well...