How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks 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 "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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)
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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire lack of domain management options
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...