How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A complete lack of domain administration options
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...