How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...