How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web space hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 getting baffled? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute lack of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...