How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over 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 variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting distributor is using, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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