How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: An entire lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...