How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, based on the billing platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...