How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A total lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...