How cPanel Hosting Works
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly 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 entire hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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