How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete 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 domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...