How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A total deficiency of domain management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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