How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 growing disorientated? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...