How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: 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 web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 name)
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 positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...