How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase 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 simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...