How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the avid users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...