How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...