How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...