How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the 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 whole web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...