How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove 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 domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A total shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...