How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...