How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove 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 domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...