How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
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 presumably covered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 growing bewildered? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...