How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete completely 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 domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the total shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...