How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled 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 Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...