How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 web server, because they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...