cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive 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 remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Drawback No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...