How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete 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 domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number 3: An absolute lack of domain administration sections
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...