How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 growing baffled? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: An utter lack of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...