How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Website Hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting vendor is availing of, the avid users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...