How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are created 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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? Note that one too...