How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: An entire shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...