How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A total shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...