How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points 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 perhaps satisfied all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough absence of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...