How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely 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 erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...