How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...