How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "Web Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 located 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. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting company is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...
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