How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely 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 quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...