How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly 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 offers on the whole site hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...