How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...