How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...