cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...