How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...