How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...