How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...