How Does cPanel Web Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...