How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...