How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...