How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 getting disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...