How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A total deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...