How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...