How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: A sheer lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to mention the total lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...