How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough absence of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...