How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need 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 trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all website hosting market requirements. 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...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An entire absence of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...