How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's web space hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent 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 page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present site hosting market 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 company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific 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)
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)
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 certainly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...