How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...