How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...