How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...