How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...