How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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)
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 getting baffled? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Problem No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...