How cPanel Web Hosting Works
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses 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 possibly answered most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...