How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 growing confused? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...