How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: An utter lack of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the eager customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...