How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...