How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly 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 entire website hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...