How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the zealous clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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...