How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...