How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Drawback No.3: A complete lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...