How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give 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 the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weak Side No.3: An utter lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, based on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...