How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 name)

Are you becoming bewildered? We categorically are!

Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.

Inconvenience No.3: An entire absence of domain name administration GUIs

Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...

Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)

What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).

Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...