How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a big problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...