How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...