How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). 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 name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: A complete lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...