How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase completely 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 domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...