How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A complete absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...