How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how good 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...