How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most web space hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story 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 Side Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are created 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 puzzled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...