How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up 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 placed 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 growing disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Problem Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...