How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:
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 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)
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 surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...