How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 getting baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...