How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly 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 website hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely 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 easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...