How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just 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 two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good 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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ CP sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...