How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...