How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...