How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting company. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting distributor is using, the devoted users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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