How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...