How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 terrific 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)
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)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A total shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...