How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...