How cPanel Website Hosting Operates
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...