How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely 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 web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created 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 located 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. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Drawback No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...