How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough lack of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...