How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...