How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...