How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "Web Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...