How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly 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 marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 baffled? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...