How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
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Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 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)
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 growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...