How Does cPanel Hosting Work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove 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 delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...