How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 surely are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...