How Does cPanel Website Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...