How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, 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 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...