How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development 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 selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent 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? Mark that one too...