How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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