How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting puzzled? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A total shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...