How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...