How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely 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 quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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