How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most site hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 confused? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...