How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...