How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...