How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 becoming confused? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute lack of domain management tools
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...