How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: An entire lack of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...