How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 baffled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...