How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific 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 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)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: A total absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...