How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...