How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely 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 two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 absolutely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...