How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove entirely 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, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting confused? We categorically are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...