How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 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 undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain administration options
Do we need to point out the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...