How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k webspace hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...