How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web page hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...