How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...