How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...