How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent 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 delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...