How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...