How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 getting confused? We surely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...