How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...