How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, 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, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...