How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly 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 offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...