How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...