How Does cPanel Web Hosting Work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number 3: A total lack of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...