How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web 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 domain names...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Problem No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...