How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's site hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...