How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...