How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
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 next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...