How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web site hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k site hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most web site hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...