How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web site hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, 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 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 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 growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...