How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...