cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...