How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A complete absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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