How cPanel Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...