How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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 confused? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weakness No.3: A total deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...