How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, 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 web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 puzzled? We surely are!
Downside Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A complete shortage of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, based on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...