How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number Three: A total deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...