How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...