How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly 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 offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...