How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the 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 offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A total absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...