How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, 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, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...