How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide absolutely 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 almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...