How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole site hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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 marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...