How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely 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 simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Downside Number Three: An utter lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...