How cPanel Hosting Operates
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...