How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See 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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the avid users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...