How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...