How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
Are you growing confused? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...