How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...