How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...