How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: An absolute absence of domain management options
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...