How Does cPanel Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting supplier is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...