How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
1 website hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...