How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A sheer lack of domain management options
Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...