How cPanel Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...