How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web space hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great 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)
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 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 growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...