How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...