How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the ardent users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...