How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website 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 web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
Are you getting confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...