How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: An entire lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...