How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now 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 brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine 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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Predicament Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total absence of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...