How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...