How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total lack of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...