How cPanel Website Hosting Works
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
Unlimited websites hosted
5 websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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)
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 perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: An entire deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the thorough lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...