How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...