How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Web Hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting corporation is making use of, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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