How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web page hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...